Pope Francis has chosen his first batch of Cardinals. Sixteen of the appointees are younger than 80, meaning they are currently eligible to elect the next Pope. The ceremony to formally install them as Cardinals will be held on Feb. 22nd at the Vatican, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter.
Here's the list....
- Archbishop Pietro Parolin (Italy)
- Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri (Italy)
- Monsignor Loris Francesco Capovilla (Italy) *
- Archbishop, Beniamino Stella (Italy)
- Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti (Italy)
- Archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar (Spain) *
- Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller (Germany)
- Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Britain)
- Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix (Canada)
- Archbishop Jean-Pierre Kutwa (Ivory Coast)
- Archbishop Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso)
- Archbishop Orani João Tempesta (Brazil)
- Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli (Argentina)
- Archbishop Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano (Nicaragua)
- Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello (Chile)
- Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo (Philippines)
- Archbishop Chibly Langlois (Haiti)
- Monsignor Kelvin Edward Felix (St Lucia) *
- Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo Jung (South Korea)
Below are a few interesting comments I've gathered from social media ....
"Sad that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin is missing from the list of new cardinals. No doubt the thinking was that more cardinals from the Third World means fewer from Europe. But Archbishop Martin, showed tremendous courage and honesty in addressing the sex abuse scandal."
" Diarmuid Martin, was passed over once again. While I love the direction of these appointments (more pastors, fewer academics, and fewer Curialists), I am disappointed that Martin, who has been so courageous in addressing the abuse scandal in the Irish church, was not selected. His nomination would have said volumes about the seriousness that the institutional church plans to take about abuse revelations in the future."
" The one ordinary of an Italian diocese named is an interesting choice - Perugia. Passing over Venice and Turin, which have had Cardinals for multiple centuries. One of Perugia's suffragan dioceses is a little place called Assisi !"
"It is significant to me that a bishop in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti, was elevated to the College of Cardinals. Love it."
* * *" Dear Brother,
On the day in which your designation is made public to be part of the College of Cardinals, I wish to express to you a cordial greeting together with the assurance of my closeness and my prayer. I hope that, as associate of the Church of Rome, clothed in the virtues and sentiments of the Lord Jesus (cf. Romans 13:14), you will be able to help me, with fraternal effectiveness, in my service to the universal Church.
The Cardinalate does not signify a promotion, or an honour, or a decoration. It is simply a service that calls for enlarging one’s vision and widening one’s heart. And, although it seems a paradox, this ability to look far ahead and to love more universally with greater intensity can only be acquired by following the same way of the Lord: the way of abasement and humility, taking the form of a servant (cf. Philippians 2;5-8). Therefore, I ask you, please, to receive this designation with a simple and humble heart.
And, although you must do so with joy and gladness, do it in such a way that this sentiment is far from any expression of worldliness, from any celebration that is foreign to the evangelical spirit of austerity, sobriety and poverty.
Farewell, then, until next February 20, in which we will begin two days of reflection on the family. I remain at your disposition and, please, I ask you to pray and to have others pray for me."
May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin protect you.
From the Vatican, January 12, 2014.
[Original text: Italian] [Translation by ZENIT]
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