Pope Announces Names of 20 New Cardinals

Feb. 14 Consistory Will Make 15 New Cardinal Electors, Another 5 Over Voting Age

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Pope Francis has announced the 20 names of those whom he will make cardinals at the Feb. 14, 2015, consistory.

More than just announcing the 15 archbishops and bishops who will be new cardinal electors, Francis, at today’s Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, also announced to the faithful the five retired archbishops and bishops “distinguished for their pastoral charity in the service of the Holy See and of the Church,” who will also be made cardinals.

In December, the Pope announced that on Saturday Feb. 14 he will hold a consistory to make new cardinals, and the day after, he will preside at a solemn concelebration with them.

Below is the list of the 15 archbishops and bishops who will be the new cardinal electors:

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

Archbishop Manuel José Macario do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal

Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Archbishop John Atcherley Dew of Wellington, New Zealand

Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli of Ancona-Osimo, Italy

Archbishop Pierre Nguyên Văn Nhon of Hà Nôi, Vietnam

Archbishop Alberto Suàrez Inda of Morelia, Mexico

Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B., of Yangon, Myanmar

Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok, Thailand

Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento, Italy

Archbishop Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, of Montevideo, Uruguay

Archbishop Ricardo Blázquez Pérez of Vallodolid, Spain

Bishop José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán of David, Panamá

Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado, of Santiago de Cabo Verde, Archipelago of Cape Verde

Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga, Island of Tonga

“Additionally,» the Holy Father reflected, «I will join to the Members of the College of Cardinals five archbishops and bishops emeriti who are distinguished for their pastoral charity in the service of the Holy See and of the Church.»

He noted, «They represent so many bishops who, with the same pastoral solicitude, have given witness of love for Christ and for the people of God in particular Churches, in the Rome Curia, and in the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See.»

Here below is the list of the five:

José de Jesús Pimiento Rodriguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales, Colombia

Archbishop Luigi De Magistris, Major Pro-Penitentiary Emeritus

Archbishop Karl-Joseph Rauber, Apostolic Nuncio

Luis Héctor Villaba, Archbishop Emeritus of Tucumán, Argentina

Júlio Duarte Langa, Bishop Emeritus of Xai-Xai, Mozambique

The Holy Father prayed that the new cardinals, «renewed in their love for Christ,» might be witnesses of the Gospel in Rome and in the world, and that their pastoral experience might support him more intensely in his apostolic service.

What to expect February 2015

The next plenary assembly of the Pope’s «Council of Cardinals,» often called the «C9,» will take place Feb. 9-11, at which time they will revisit guidelines and proposals made for the reform of the Curia.

Following the plenary, the C9 will present and share what it has done and its reflections related to the Curia with the College of Cardinals, gathered for meetings Feb. 12-13. This meeting will be followed by the consistory for the creation of new cardinals Feb. 14-15. This marks the second consistory under Pope Francis’ pontificate.

The Council of Cardinals consists of the following nine prelates: Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State; Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, archbishop emeritus of Santiago, Chile; Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay; Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich; Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo; Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, archbishop of Boston; Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy; Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.


On ZENIT’s Web page:

December Article on Consistory: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/fr-lombardi-speaks-on-possible-curia-changes

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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