Pope Francis names 15 new cardinals from every corner of the world – including Tonga, Cape Verde and even Burma
By CLAIRE CARTER FOR MAILONLINE
Pope Francis has named 15 cardinals from countries across the globe, including nations in the developing world.
Cardinals have been appointed from Ethiopia, Tonga and Cape Verde as well as Vietnam and Sicily – reflecting the diversity of the church.
Pope Francis told a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square that the church leaders come ‘from every continent’ and ‘show the indelible tie with the church of Rome to churches in the world’.
The 15 cardinals, who hail from a total 14 nations, are all under 80 and will therefore be able to vote for the Pope’s successor.
He also made a surprise announcement and said he would lead a meeting of all cardinals to ‘reflect on the orientations and proposals for the reform of the Roman Curia’, the Vatican’s administrative bureaucracy, between February 12 and 13.
Since he took on the role, Pope Francis has remained committed to root out corruption and inefficiency from the curia.
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