Italy: Pope Francis names 17 new Cardinals, three from Africa

Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus on Sunday announced the creation of 17 new Cardinals, three of them from Africa.

A consistory will be held on 19 of November 2016, the eve of the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy in the Roman Catholic Church, according to Vatican Radio.

Of the new Cardinals, 13 will be under 80 years and, therefore, eligible to vote in a conclave for the next pope.

The Holy Father said that those chosen come from five continents. They include Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Central African Republic and Archbishop Maurice Piat of Mauritius. He named Emeritus Bishop Sebastian Koto Khoarai, O.M.I, of Mohale’s Hoek in Lesotho as honorary Cardinal.
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09 october 2016 17:25:04

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