VATICAN CITY, OCT. 17, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI announced the names of 23 new cardinals for the Church, including a historic move to bestow the first red hat to the head of a Texas archdiocese.
The consistory, the second of the Pope’s pontificate, will be held Nov. 24, the eve of the solemnity of Christ the King, the Vatican press office said today.
“The new cardinals,” the Pope said at the end of today’s general audience, “come from various parts of the world. And the universality of the Church, with the multiplicity of her ministries, is clearly reflected in them.
“Alongside deserving prelates who work for the Holy See are pastors who dedicate their energies to direct contact with the faithful.”
Two of the new cardinals are U.S. prelates: Archbishop John Patrick Foley, pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas.
Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh, Ireland, was also named among the new cardinals. This marks the first time all-Ireland has had three cardinals at one time.
There are 6 new cardinals from Italy, 3 from Spain and 2 from Argentina. The rest come from Mexico, Iraq, Germany, Poland, France, Senegal, India, Brazil and Kenya.
Eighteen of the 23 cardinals are under 80, and thus eligible to vote in a conclave. After the Nov. 24 consistory, the College of Cardinals will have 202 members, of whom 121 will be electors.
The new cardinal electors will be:
— Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.
— Archbishop John P. Foley, pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.
— Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City State.
— Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
— Archbishop Angelo Comastri, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Peter’s in the Vatican, vicar general of His Holiness for Vatican City and president of the Fabbrica di San Pietro, the office of the Vatican’s chief engineer.
— Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
— Archbishop Raffaele Farina, Salesian, archivist and librarian of Holy Roman Church.
— Archbishop Agustín García-Gasco Vicente of Valencia, Spain.
— Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh, Ireland.
— Archbishop Lluís Martínez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain.
— Archbishop André Vingt-Trois of Paris.
— Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, Italy.
— Archbishop Theodore-Adrien Sarr of Dakar, Senegal.
— Archbishop Oswald Gracias of Bombay, India.
— Archbishop Francisco Robles Ortega of Monterrey, Mexico.
— Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas.
— Archbishop Odilio Pedro Scherer of São Paulo, Brazil.
— Archbishop John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya.
Having pronounced the names of the new cardinal electors, Benedict XVI then indicated that he had also decided to elevate to the dignity of cardinal “three venerable prelates and two worthy priests,” all over the age of 80 and hence non-electors, for their “commitment and service to the Church.” Their names are:
The names of those selected, all over 80 and hence non-electors, are:
— Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Iraq.
— Archbishop Giovanni Coppa, apostolic nuncio.
— Archbishop Estanislao Esteban Karlic, emeritus of Parana, Argentina.
— Father Urbano Navarrete, Jesuit, former rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University.
— Father Umberto Betti, Order of the Friars Minor (Franciscan), former rector of the Pontifical Lateran University.
The Holy Father added: “Among these, I had also intended to confer the dignity of cardinal upon the elderly Bishop Ignacy Jez of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg, Poland, a worthy prelate who died suddenly yesterday. We offer a prayer for the repose of his soul.”
After pronouncing the names of the new cardinal electors, the Pope continued: “There are other persons, very dear to me who, for their dedication to the service of the Church, well deserve promotion to the dignity of cardinal. In the future I hope to have the opportunity to express, also in this way, my esteem and affection to them and to their countries of origin.”
Benedict entrusted the future cardinals “to the protection of Mary Most Holy asking her to help each of them in their new tasks, that they may know how to bear courageous witness in all circumstances to their love for Christ and for the Church.”