The Pope Appoints 19 New Cardinals

by Vatican Information Services

Vatican City – Following January 12’s Angelus prayer, Pope Francis announced that on 22 February, feast of the Chair of St. Peter, a consistory will be held during which 19 new cardinals will be appointed. They will comprise 16 electors and 3 archbishops emeritus, from 12 different countries from all over the world, and “represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.” The day after the consistory, the Holy Father will preside at a solemn concelebration with the new Cardinals, while on February 20 and 21 he will hold a consistory with all the cardinals to reflect on the theme of the family.

The new cardinals will be:
- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State.
- Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops
- Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, emeritus of Regensburg, Germany, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
– Archbishop Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
– Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Great Britain.
– Archbishop Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano of Managua, Nicaragua.
– Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec, Canada.
– Archbishop Jean-Pierre Kutwa of Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.
– Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta, O. Cist. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
– Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Citta della Pieve, Italia.
– Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
– Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo jung of Seoul, Korea.
– Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B. of Santiago del Chile, Chile.
– Archbishop Philippe Nakellentuba Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
– Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I. of Cotabato, Philippines.
– Archbishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti.
The three archbishops emeritus are:
– Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla, ex prelate of the Shrine of Loreto and ex personal secretary of Blessed John XXIII.
– Archbishop Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, C.M.F. emeritus of Pamplona, Spain.
– Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix, emeritus of Castries, Saint Lucia.

Pope Francis composed the following letter which he sent to the new cardinals:

“Dear brother,
“On the day that your designation as part of the College of Cardinals is made public, I wish to send you a cordial greeting along with the guarantee of my closeness and prayer. It is my hope that, joined with the Church of Rome and “clothed in the virtues and sentiments of the Lord Jesus”, you may help me with fraternal efficacy in my service to the Universal Church.

“The cardinalship does not imply promotion; it is neither an honour nor a decoration; it is simply a service that requires you to broaden your gaze and open your hearts. And, although this may appear paradoxical, the ability to look further and to love more universally with greater intensity may be acquired only by following the same path of the Lord: the path of self-effacement and humility, taking on the role of a servant. Therefore I ask you, please, to receive this designation with a simple and humble heart. And, while you must do so with pleasure and joy, ensure that this sentiment is far from any expression of worldliness or from any form of celebration contrary to the evangelical spirit of austerity, sobriety and poverty.

“Until we meet, then, on February 20, when our two days of reflection on the family commence. I remain at your disposal and ask you, please, to pray for me and to ask for prayers on my behalf.

May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin protect you.”

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