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Pope Benedict XVI Named 15 New Cardinals


In his first set of major appointments , Pope Benedict XVI named 15 new cardinals, including U.S. Archbishops William J. Levada, head of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation, and Sean P.O. Malley of Boston. The Pope announced the names at the end of his general audience Feb 22 and said he would formally install the cardinals at a special consistory March 24, The pope also convened the entire College of Cardinals for a day of reflection and prayer March 23 and said he would celebrate Mass with the cardinals March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. It will be the first gathering of the College of cardinals since they elected Pope Benedict last April

Smiling he made his announcement, the pope said the new cardinals reflect the universality of the church. "In fact, they come from every part of the world and carry out diverse duties in service to the people of God" the Pope said.

The New cardinals represent 11 countries from five continents. Three are Vatican Officials, nine are heads of dioceses or archdioceses around the world, and three are prelates over age 80 being honoured for their service to the church. of those named 12 were under the age of 80 and thus eligible to vote in a papal conclave. After the installation ceremony, the college is expected to number 193, with the number of voting members once again at its maximum of 120.

The New Cardinals

U.S Archbishop William Levada, 69 prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Slovenian Archbishop Franc Rode,71 prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

Italian Archbishop Agostino Vallini,65, prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the Church's supreme court

Archbishops Jean-Pierre Ricard,61 of Bordeaux, France

Antonio Canizares Llovera,60, of Todedo, Spain

Stanislaw Dziwiz,66, former secretary of Pope John Paul II, of Krakow, Poland

Carlo Caffarra, 67, of Bologna, Italy

Archbishops Gaudencio Rosales,73, of Manila, Philippines

Cheong jin-Suk,74 of Seoul , South Korea

Bishop Joseph Zen-Ze Kiun, 74 of Hong Kong

Archbishops Sean Patrick o'Malley,61, of Boston Massachusetts

Jorge Liberato Urosa Savio, 63 of Caracas, Venezuela

Retired Archbishop Peter Poreku Dery,87 , of Ramale, Ghana .

The other over 80 non-electors have different origins, One is Italian Archbishop Andera Cordero lanza Di Montezemolo,80 Archpriest of the Basilica of St.Paul Outside the Walls. He was previousaly apostolate delegate in Jerusalem and apostolic nuncio in Italy.

The other is Jesuit Father Albert Vanhoye, a theologian who was formerly the rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and Secretary of the pontifical Biblical Commission. On the latter he worked closely with cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


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