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The Pope names Mexican Archbishop Felipe Arizmendi cardinal

Francis said the religious would be promoted to cardinals in a ceremony on November 28.


He Pope Francisco appointed this Sunday to 13 new cardinalsincluding two latin americans and to Archbishop of Washington DC., Wilton gregorywho would he be first African-American prelate in getting the Title.

In a unexpected announcement from the window of his study to the faithful who were in St. Peter’s Square, Francisco said the religious would be promoted to cardinals in a ceremony he November 28.

Among the new cardinals, the retired Archbishop of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, Monsignor Felipe Arizmendi stands out.

There was also an Italian who was the Pope’s preacher in the Vatican for a long time, Raniero Cantalamessa, a Franciscan friar; the Archbishop of Kigali, Rwanda, Antoine Kambanda; the Archbishop of Capiz, Philippines, Jose Feurte Advincula and the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, Celestino Aós Braco and

Another anointed Franciscan was the friar Mauro Gambetti, in charge of the Sacred Convent of Assisi. The pope, when he was elected in 2013, decided to call himself Francis precisely in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Days ago the pontiff traveled to that town in the Umbrian hills to sign an encyclical on the importance of brotherhood.

Reflecting the pope’s desire to help those in need, Francis also elevated Enrico Feroci, former director of Caritas, a Catholic charitable organization, to a cardinal.

Wilton, 73, was named archbishop of the US capital last year. The prelate has been president of the United States Conference of Bishops three times.

Nine of the new cardinals are under 80 years old and therefore will be able to elect the next pope when the next conclave is held. Some cardinals hold powerful positions within the Holy See, and it is common for pontiffs to be advised by them.

For now, the Vatican has not given details of the consistory, the formal ceremony in which the cardinals assume their positions, but this could be due to travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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