The Pope names 22 new cardinals

The Telegraph (United Kingdom)

The Pope has named 22 new cardinals – the so-called ‘princes of the church’, including prelates in such key posts as New York and Hong Kong and a large number of Italians holding major Vatican positions.

Cardinals are the Pope’s top advisers, the elite group of churchmen who will eventually elect Benedict XVI’s successor.

Of the 22, 18 are under the age of 80 – raising to 125 the number of cardinals eligible to vote in the next papal conclave. Cardinals aged 80 and over are not allowed to vote on the next pope.

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