Vatican Official, Soon to Be Cardinal, Speaks on Pope's Choices

Archbishop Mamberti Says Pope’s Choices Reflect Universal Church

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Pope Francis’ choices for who will be made new cardinals reflect the universality of the Church.

This is the view of Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, who was named to succeed Cardinal Raymond Burke in that position just recently. The Italian archbishop had been serving as Vatican Secretary for Relations with States.

In an interview with Vatican Radio following the Pope’s announcement Sunday of the names of the 20 archbishops and bishops who will be made cardinals, Archbishop Mamberti reflected not only on the Pope’s choice to make him a cardinal but also on Francis’ other choices.

When asked about his being chosen, the prelate expressed his joy.

“My heart is filled with gratitude to the Holy Father for the confidence he has expressed in naming me among the cardinals, who are also his advisers,” he said.

Reflecting on the significance to him of being a cardinal, the archbishop noted how the appointment seems to mean really being included in the Church of Rome.

“So it is, in a sense, a continuation of 30 years of service I have made to the Holy See,” he said, “but now with a greater responsibility because of the very fact of being counted among the advisers of the Pope and then to be inserted in the Church of Rome.”

When asked about the Pope choosing cardinals from all over the world, the prelate responded, “I think it’s clear that the Holy Father wanted to show the universality of the Church.”

Pope Francis choosing bishops and pastors who come from these places, the soon to be cardinal said, reflected Francis’ intent that «the College of Cardinals would be representative of the universality and diversity of the Church in the world.»


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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': or

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