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Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he would create thirteen new Catholic cardinals next month, including the first "Prince of the Church" African American and a Franciscan preacher.
Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he would create thirteen new Catholic cardinals next month, including the first African-American "Prince of the Church" and a Franciscan preacher.
The Sovereign Pontiff made this surprise announcement from his window overlooking Saint Peter's Square in Rome, at the end of the weekly Angelus prayer, and specified that they would be appointed on November 28.
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It will be "an unusual, and perhaps even unprecedented, ceremony to take place amid an ongoing global pandemic," Vatican expert Joshua McElwee said as quoted by the National Catholic Reporter.
The Vatican is on high alert and is closely monitoring the health of the Pope, after the news of several cases of coronavirus in the microstate, and such a ceremony could pose a risk to the older participants.
Nine of the new cardinals are under 80, and can therefore participate in conclaves to elect the leader of the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, who is chosen from among them.
The cardinals, or "princes" of the Church, also hold the highest administrative positions in the Vatican.
Among the 13 new cardinals are Archbishop of Washington Wilton Gregory, 72, a progressive who will be the first African-American cardinal, as well as Italian Father Raniero Cantalamessa, 84, preacher of the papal household.
The Italian bishop Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints since the dismissal of his predecessor, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, for suspicion of financial embezzlement, is also among the new cardinals.
Like the Maltese Mario Grech, secretary general of the synod of bishops, Antoine Kambanda, archbishop of Kigali in Rwanda, Jose Fuerte Advincula, archbishop of Capiz in the Philippines, and Celestino Aos Braco, archbishop of Santiago in Chile.
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