Pope Francis’ new cardinals shed light on Church’s minorities

Catholic News Agency

by Elise Harris

Vatican City, Jan 4, 2015 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced the names of the 15 bishops to be created cardinals in February, many of whom hail from small dioceses which have never before had a cardinal.

“As was already announced, next February 14 I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will name 15 new Cardinals who manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present in the world,” the Roman Pontiff said on Jan. 4.

Speaking to the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square after his recitation of the traditional Marian prayer, the Pope revealed that the 15 new cardinals to be created come from 13 countries and from every continent.

Announced in the fall, the consistory will take place Feb. 12-14. During the first two days Pope Francis will meet with the entire collage of cardinals to reflect on current proposals for the ongoing reformation of the Roman Curia.

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