The Pope Appoints 20 New Cardinals

Pope Francis announced, at the end of today’s Angelus, that on 14 February 2015, feast of St. Valentine, a consistory will be held for the creation of twenty new cardinals – fifteen electors and five non-electors – originating from fourteen countries from all over the world, demonstrating “an indissoluble bond between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present throughout the world”. Photo: Reuters

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Pope Francis announced, at the end of today’s Angelus, that on 14 February 2015, feast of St. Valentine, a consistory will be held for the creation of twenty new cardinals – fifteen electors and five non-electors – originating from fourteen countries from all over the world, demonstrating “an indissoluble bond between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present throughout the world”. Photo: Reuters

The day after the consistory, the Holy Father will preside at a concelebration with the new cardinals, while on 12 and 13 February a consistory will take place with all the cardinals to reflect on the orientations and proposals for reform of the Roman Curia.

The new cardinal electors are:

  • Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, titular of Sagona, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura;
  • Patriarch Manuel Jose Macario do Nascimento Clemente of Lisbon, Portugal;
  • Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, C.M., of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia;
  • Archbishop John Atcherley Dew of Wellington, New Zealand;
  • Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli of Ancona-Osimo, Italy;
  • Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Ha Noi, Vietnam;
  • Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia, Mexico;
  • Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B., of Yangon, Myanmar;
  • Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok, Thailand;
  • Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento, Italy;
  • Archbishop Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, S.D.B., of Montevideo, Uruguay;
  • Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid, Spain;
  • Bishop Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan, O.A.R., of David, Panama;
  • Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado of Santiago de Cabo Verde, Cape Verde;
  • Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga, Tonga.

The five non-electors are:

  • Archbishop Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez, emeritus of Manizales, Colombia;
  • Archbishop Luigi De Magistris, pro-major penitentiary emeritus, Italy;
  • Archbishop Karl-Joseph Rauber, apostolic nuncio, Germany;
  • Archbishop Luis Hector Villalba, emeritus of Tucuman, Argentina;
  • Bishop Julio Duarte Langa, emeritus of Xai-Xai, Mozambique.