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Pope Francis announces 17 new cardinals from 11 countries

Choices reveal the universality of the church, says pope

October 10, 2016

Prelates from Bangladesh, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea are among the 17 new cardinals announced by Pope Francis on Oct. 9.

"Their coming from 11 nations expresses the universality of the church that proclaims and witnesses the good news of God's mercy in every corner of the earth," said the pope according to a report by CNS, which stated that the 17 would be inducted into the College of Cardinals on Nov. 19.

Among the cardinals announced are Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 73 and retired Archbishop Anthony Soter Fernandez of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 84. The third youngest choice among the 17 is 59-year-old Archbishop John Ribat of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The remaining 14 new cardinals are listed below:

  • Archbishop Mario Zenari, 70, Italy who will "remain apostolic nuncio to the beloved and martyred Syria"
  • Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic, 49
  • Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra of Madrid, 71
  • Archbishop Sergio da Rocha of Brasilia, Brazil, 56
  • Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, 67
  • Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo of Merida, Venezuela, 73
  • Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Malines-Brussels, Belgium, 69
  • Archbishop Maurice Piat of Port-Louis, Mauritius, 75
  • Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, 69
  • Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, 66
  • Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis, 64
  • Retired Archbishop Renato Corti of Novara, Italy, 80
  • Retired Bishop Sebastian Koto Khoarai of Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho, 87
  • Albanian Father Ernest Simoni, a priest of the Archdiocese of Shkodre-Pult, Albania, 87
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