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Pope Francis to appoint new cardinals

January 12th, 2014 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Rome — It has been on the news that Pope Francis will be appointing 19 new cardinals in the coming month, including churchmen from Haiti and Burkina Faso, reflecting his commitment to the poor.

Wearing red hats and robes, cardinals are the most senior clergymen in the Roman Catholic Church below the Pope.

Sixteen of the new appointees are under 80 years old, which make them eligible to enter a conclave to elect the next Pope.

News reports say the new cardinals will be formally instated at a ceremony, known as a consistory, on the 22nd of February.

The three clergymen over 80 reportedly come from Spain, Italy and the Caribbean island of St Lucia. They will assume the title cardinal emeritus.

The pope named his new cardinals during his weekly, Sunday address to worshippers gathered in St Peter’s Square.

The cardinals come from all corners of the world, including Italy, Germany, Britain, Nicaragua, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Chile and the Philippines.

As expected, a few of those named are very well-known, established figures at the Vatican, according to BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome.

However, among those selected are also men from countries like Haiti, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

The Vatican spokesman said that this was in keeping with the Pope’s drive to put the world’s poor at the core of the Church’s mission.

The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols has been named as one of the new cardinals. The archbishop said he was deeply moved by what he called the honour conferred by the Pope on the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

“Personally this is a humbling moment,” he said.

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