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Pope continues to show universality of Church with surprise announcement of 14 new cardinals


Pakistan, Peru, Madagascar, Japan ... new princes of the Church will get red hats on June 29

Pope Francis made a surprise announcement after today’s Regina Caeli address, saying he will create 14 new cardinals in a consistory on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29.

The pope’s choices for cardinals have reflected the Church’s universality and today’s list is no different, as he himself said: The places from which the new cardinals come “expresses the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men and women on earth.”

Here’s the list:

His Beatitude Louis Raphaël I Sako – Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon

His Excellency Luis Ladaria –Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

His Excellency Angelo De Donatis – Vicar General of Rome

His Excellency Giovanni Angelo Becciu – Substitute of the Secretary of State and Special Delegate for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

His Excellency Konrad Krajewski – Almoner of the Office of Papal Charities

His Excellency Joseph Coutts – Archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan

His Excellency António dos Santos Marto – Bishop of Leiria-Fátima, Portugal

His Excellency Pedro Barreto – Archbishop of Huancayo, Peru

His Excellency Desiré Tsarahazana – Archbishop of Toamasina, Madagascar

His Excellency Giuseppe Petrocchi – Archbishop of L’Aquila, Italy

His Excellency Thomas Aquinas Manyo – Archbishop of Osaka, Japan

His Excellency Sergio Obeso Rivera – Emeritus Archbishop of Xalapa, Mexico

His Excellency Toribio Ticona Porco – Emeritus Bishop of Corocoro, Corocoro Island

Reverend Father Aquilino Bocos Merino – member of the Claretian order.

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