VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he would make
14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner,
the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of
Karachi, Pakistan, among others.
Announcing his choices May 20, the pope said that coming
from 11 nations, the new cardinals "express the universality of the
church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people of
Pope Francis' list included three men over the age of 80 "who
have distinguished themselves for their service to the church."
When the pope made the announcement, the College of
Cardinals had 213 members, 115 of whom were under the age of 80 and therefore
eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope. Cardinal Angelo Amato,
prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, was to celebrate his 80th
birthday June 8.
Under Pope Francis, the idea that some church posts and
large archdioceses always are led by a cardinal is fading, but is not
altogether gone. His latest choices included the papal vicar of Rome,
Cardinal-designate Angelo De Donatis, and the prefect of the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Luis F. Ladaria. But other
traditional cardinal sees like Venice and Milan in Italy or Baltimore and
Philadelphia in the United States were not included in the pope's latest picks.
With the new nominations, the number of cardinal-electors --
those under 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave -- will exceed by five the
limit of 120 set by Pope Paul VI. But previous popes also set the limit aside
without formally changing the limit.
After the consistory June 29, Pope Francis will have created
almost half of the voting cardinals. Nineteen of those under 80 in late June
will be cardinals given red hats by St. John Paul II; 47 will have been created
by retired Pope Benedict XVI; and 59 will have been welcomed into the College
of Cardinals by Pope Francis.
The new cardinals hail from: Iraq, Spain, Italy, Poland,
Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Japan, Mexico and Bolivia.
The new cardinals, listed in the order Pope Francis
announced them, are:
-- Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, 69, Iraq.
-- Spanish Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria, 74, prefect of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
-- Italian Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, 64, papal vicar for
the Diocese of Rome.
-- Italian Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, 69, substitute
secretary of state.
-- Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, 54, papal almoner.
-- Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan, 72.
-- Bishop Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima,
-- Archbishop Pedro Barreto of Huancayo, Peru, 74.
-- Archbishop Desire Tsarahazana of Toamasina, Madagascar,
-- Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L'Aquila, Italy, 69.
-- Archbishop Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka, Japan,
-- Archbishop Sergio Obeso Rivera, retired archbishop of
Xalapa, Mexico, 86.
-- Bishop Toribio Ticona Porco, retired prelate of Corocoro,
-- Spanish Claretian Father Aquilino Bocos Merino, 80.