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His appointments have surprised us again but his choices will not significantly tip the balance in the College of Cardinals

The pope’s new cardinals

Pope Francis greets the crowd after Mass on Oct. 9, at St Peter's Square in the Vatican. (Photo by AFP)

Pope Francis has done it again.

He has surprised (and, no doubt, disappointed) many inside the church\'s euro-centric clerical caste by denying the red hat to several conservative-leaning prelates that his predecessor had specifically put in line to become cardinals.

On Oct. 9 Francis announced the names of 13 new cardinal-electors and another four who are over 80, those ineligible to vote in a conclave.

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