Archbishops Burke, Wuerl to Become Cardinals

At the end of his weekly General Audience this morning, Pope Benedict XVI announced the names of 24 new cardinals who will be raised to the cardinalate at a consistory next month.

The complete list, in the order announced by the Holy Father:

Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Coptic Patriarch Antonios Naguib of Alexandria, Egypt (also General Relator of the current Synod on the Middle East)
Archbishop Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum
Archbishop Francesco Monterisi, Archpriest of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls
Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli, prefect of the Apostolic Penitentiary
Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (his statement can be read here)
Archbishop Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Archbishop Paolo Sardi, Pro-Patron of the Knights of Malta
Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy
Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs
of the Holy See
Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture
Archbishop Medardo Joseph Mazombwe of Lusaka, Zambia
Archbishop Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, Emeritus of Quito, Ecuador
Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, of Kinshasa, DRC
Archbishop Paolo Romeo of Palermo, Italy
Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington DC
Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno Assis, Archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil
Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, Poland
Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Archbishop Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany

Archbishop José Manuel Estepa Llaurens, Military Ordinary-emeritus of Spain
Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life
Msgr. Walter Brandmueller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences
Msgr. Domenico Bartolucci, Maestro Emeritus of the Sistine Chapel Choir

Four of the twenty four named this morning are over 80 years of age, meaning they will not be able to vote in conclave. Ten are heads of various curial dicasteries, ten of them are Italian.

Currently there are 179 members of the College of Cardinals, 102 of whom are eligible to vote in conclave. The largest single group of electors is Europe with a total of 52 cardinals, followed by North America with 17 and South America with 11.

The 24 archbishops and monsignori will be elevated to the College of Cardinals on November 20th.

In Advent, we await the coming of Jesus at Christmastime.

What Is Advent Anyway?

EXPLAINER: Advent is a season in the Church’s life intended to renew the experience of waiting and longing for the Messiah.