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Monday, January 13, 2014

Philippines-Pope Names New Pilipino Cardinal and 18 Others

Pope Francis on Sunday named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa and elsewhere including Pilipino Archbishop Quevedo O.M.I, Archbishop of Cotabato to reflect his attention for the poor. Francis made the announcement as he spoke from his studio window to a crowd in St. Peter's Square. 16 of the appointees are younger than 80, meaning they are eligible to elect the next pope, which is cardinal's most important task. The ceremony to formally install them as cardinals will be held Feb. 22, 2014 at the Vatican. Some appointments were expected, including that of his new secretary of the state, the Italian Archbishop Parolin and the German head of Vatican's watchdog office for doctrinal orthodoxy, Gerhard Mueller. But some names were surprising. Vatican Spokesman the Rev. Lombardi said the pope's selection of churchmen from Haiti and Burkino Faso, which are among the world's poorest nations, reflects Francis attention to the destitute as a core part of the church's mission. Also chosen to become a prince of church as the cardinals are known was Mario Poli the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a post Francis left when he was elected as the 1st Latin American Pope in March. His selection also came from Managua, Nicaragua, Santiago, Chile and Rio de Janeiro. The appointees included churchmen from Seoul, South Korea and the Archbishop of Westminster, Britain Vincent Nichols.     
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