World News – CA – Pope Francis names 13 new cardinals in surprise announcement


Pope Francis appointed 13 new cardinals on Sunday, including Washington DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first black US prelate to win the coveted red hat

In a surprise announcement from his studio window to worshipers standing below in St Peter’s Square, Francis said the clergymen would be elevated to the rank of cardinal in a ceremony on November 28

Other new cardinals include an Italian who is the longtime papal preacher at the Vatican, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, a Franciscan friar; Kigali, Rwanda, Archbishop Antoine Kambanda; Capiz, Philippines, Archbishop Jose Feurte Advincula, and Santiago, Chile, Archbishop Celestino Aos

Another Franciscan who has been exploited is Brother Mauro Gambetti, responsible for the Sacred Convent of Assisi The Pope, upon his election in 2013, chose St. Francis of Assisi as his namesake saint, and earlier this this month the pontiff traveled to this hill town in Umbria to sign an encyclical, or important church teaching document, on brotherhood

Reflecting the pope’s concern to help those in need, especially the poor, Francis also appointed the former director of Rome’s Catholic charity, Caritas, the Rev. Enrico Feroci, being a cardinal

Wilton was chosen by Francis to lead the prestigious US capital diocese last year He served three times as head of the US Bishops’ Conference

New cardinals under 80 will join other eligible cardinals to elect the next pontiff in a secret conclave

No details were immediately given by the Vatican about the concistory, as the official training ceremony for cardinals of clergymen is known, especially in view of travel restrictions involving many countries during the COVID-pandemic. 19

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