Pope announces 14 new cardinals — including the papal almoner

From 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 the earth.”

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.

The names, via Vatican News: 

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

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

His Excellency Pedro Barreto – Archbishop of Huancayo

His Excellency Desiré Tsarahazana – Archbishop of Toamasina

His Excellency Giuseppe Petrocchi – Archbishop of L’Aquila

His Excellency Thomas Aquinas Manyo – Archbishop of Osaka

His Excellency Sergio Obeso Rivera – Emeritus Archbishop of Xalapa.

His Excellency Toribio Ticona Porco – Emeritus Bishop of Corocoro.

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

The news about the papal almoner is of particular interest to deacons—he is the figure who exercises charity on behalf of the pope.

And he lived out that charity in a personal way just last year, when he gave up his apartment for a group of Syrian refugees.


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