VATICAN — Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various regions of the globe who will be appointed cardinals in February.
In the surprise announcement at the end cf his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the world” and “represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.”
The geographical distribution entails eight cardinals from Europe; seven from the Americas; and two from both Africa and Asia. No cardinals from the United States were named.
Besides some expected names, such as Archbishops Pietro Parolin, secretary of state; Lorenzo...READ MORE