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17 New Cardinals to Be Created

October 10, 2016

Pope Francis announced he will hold a consistory on Nov. 19 to create 17 new cardinals.

In an article published on Sunday, October 9, in the National Catholic Register, Edward Pentin reported that Pope Francis announced he will hold a consistory on November 19 to create 17 new cardinals. We publish here some extracts with the permission of the author.


Three Americans will be elevated to the College of Cardinals next November: Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, prefect of the new dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, and Archbishop Joseph William Tobin of Indianapolis.

Other recipients of the red hat will be the current apostolic nuncio to Syria, Italian Archbishop Mario Zenari, and nine archbishops and bishops from the southern hemisphere. Thirteen will be eligible to vote in the next conclave (under 80 years of age), taking the total number of cardinal electors to 121.

Pope Francis said the consistory, which will take place on the eve of the closing of the Holy Door of Mercy and comprise cardinals from 11 nations and five continents, will show “the universality of the Church which proclaims and bears witness to the Good News of God's Mercy in every corner of the earth.”  

Notable eligible prelates omitted at the upcoming consistory include those from a number of sees that have traditionally been cardinalatial. In the U.S. these include Los Angeles and Philadelphia, headed respectively by Archbishops Jose Gomez and Charles Chaput. Instead, Pope Francis has chosen prelates whose views are closer to his, and in particular those who have been publicly and clearly supportive of his interpretation of his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia

In Italy, the patriarchate of Venice and the archdioceses of Turin and Bologna are among traditional cardinalatial sees that continue to be without a cardinal, part of the reason being the Pope's preference to choose new cardinals from the southern hemisphere where the faith is growing fastest, and those serving on the peripheries.


Source: National Catholic Register, October 9, 2016