Three Asians among 14 new cardinals


Vatican City: Three Asian prelates are among 14 new cardinals Pope Francis announced on May 20 in the Vatican.

Speaking to pilgrims and visitors at noon in St Peter’s Square, the Pope announced he would create new cardinals at a consistory on June 29.

The Asians are Archbishops Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan, Thomas Aquinas Manyo of Osaka, Japan, and Louis Raphaël I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, Iraq.

The Pope noted that the places from which the new cardinals come “express the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men and women on earth.”

The new cardinals also come from Italy, Madagascar, Peru and Portugal.

Pope Francis said their nominations “manifests the unbreakable bond between the See of Peter and the local Churches throughout the world.”

The list also includes Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who serves as the papal almoner in Rome, and three Italian archbishops, Angelo De Donatis, the vicar general of the Rome diocese, Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Giovanni Becciu, the Substitute of the Secretary of State and Special Delegate for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Other new cardinals are Bishop António dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fátima, Archbishop Pedro Barreto of Huancayo, Archbishop Desiré Tsarahazana of Toamasina and Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L’Aquila.

Pope Francis also nominated Emeritus Archbishop Sergio Obeso Rivera of Xalapa, Mexico, Emeritus Bishop Toribio Ticona Porco of Corocoro, Bolivia, and Father Aquilino Bocos Merino of the Claretian order, all of whom, he said, “have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church.”

(Source: Vatican News)

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3 thoughts on “Three Asians among 14 new cardinals

  1. This is in response to the question from Sunil Caleb. As far as I know any baptized Catholic male can become not just a cardinal, but even the Pope. There are several instances in the history of the popes. Once a young man was standing in a crowd and a dove came and sat on him.It was taken as a sign from God and he was made the pope!

  2. I met Cardinal-elect Joseph Coutts in December 1996 at the 400 year celebration of St Thomas Church, Aldona Goa. It happens to be our ancestral village. Abp Phillip Neri of Goa and I think former Bp Longinus Pereira of Bombay are also from the same village.

    I remember at the time asking him how he got the anglicized name Coutts, so he told me that his actual surname was Coutto, but he had to change it because in Urdu/ Hindi it means to make mincemeat of the person or thing!

    Incidentally Karachi in Pakistan had a flourishing community of Catholics from Goa who had moved up the coast because of lack of opportunities in then Portuguese ruled Goa. India’s first Cardinal, Valerian Gracias and Abp Leonard Raymond Allahabad/ Nagpur were also Karachi Goans.

  3. Indian church misses red hat again !!!!
    Is it so? Is red hat important ? As advisors to pope and papal electors, they do not need these princely outlandish paraphernalia.
    Simplicity of Jesus is what is needed today

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