Choices reveal the universality of the church, says pope
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:
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