‘A cardinal loves the Church,’ the Holy Father said in his homily addressed to the College of Cardinals and its new members on Aug. 27.
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There will be 16 cardinals under the age of 80 elevated at the next consistory, to be held Aug. 27.
Bishop Luc Van Looy, the 80-year-old emeritus bishop of Ghent, was due to receive the red hat with 20 other Churchmen in Rome on Aug. 27.
An interview with Bishop Peter Okpaleke of Nigeria
Appointment of Cardinals Is Personal for Francis — Were John Paul II and Benedict XVI Any Different?
While his predecessors maintained a more ‘institutional’ approach to the creation of cardinals, Francis has chosen prelates who represent the margins, geographic and theological.
From ‘Untouchable’ to Cardinal: Archbishop Anthony Poola Embodies Pope’s ‘Call to Reach Out to the Peripheries’
The Dalit-born archbishop of Hyderabad will be elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory in August.
He spoke to reporters at a May 31 press conference.
Archbishop Dom Virgilio do Carmo da Silva said he views his elevation as a blessing for the heavily Catholic country, which recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the restoration of its independence.
US Archbishops Gomez and Cordileone Congratulate San Diego Bishop McElroy on His Forthcoming Elevation to Cardinal
Pope Francis will create 21 cardinals at a consistory to be held Aug. 27.