Vatican, Here Are the New Cardinals

By Alessandro Speciale
Vatican Insider
January 6, 2012

New Cardinals

The Pope, at the end of the Angelus announced the list of 22 cardinals: 18 are under 80 years of age

In the list of the 22 new cardinals announced today by Pope Benedict XVI at the end of the Angelus - including 18 under 80 years of age, the lion's share, as expected, goes to the Roman Curia and Italy, and therefore potential voters in case of a Conclave.

Leading the list of new cardinals is Archbishop Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Together with him, 9 other department heads or managers of the 'central government' of the Church: Monsignor Joao Braz de Aviz (Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life), Monsignor Manuel Monteiro de Castro (Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary), Monsignor Giuseppe Bertello (President of the Governorate of the Vatican), Monsignor Domenico Calcagno (President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See), Monsignor Giuseppe Versaldi (President of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See), Monsignor Santos Abril y Castello (Archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore), Archbishop Edwin Frederick O'Brien (Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem), Monsignor Antonio Maria Veglio' (President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People ), Monsignor Francesco Coccopalmerio (President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts).

The diocesan bishops called to enter the College of the principles of the Church are 8: Monsignor Giuseppe Betori (Archbishop of Florence), Monsignor George Alencherry (Major Archbishop of the Syro Malabar), Monsignor Thomas Christopher Collins (Archbishop of Toronto), Monsignor Willem Jocoby Eijk (Archbishop of Utrecht), Monsignor John Tong Hon (Bishop of Hong Kong), Monsignor Rainer Maria Woelk (Archbishop of Berlin), Monsignor Timothy Michael Dolan (Archbishop of New York), Monsignor Dominik Duka (Archbishop of Prague).

these join the four cardinals over 80 appointed by Pope Ratzinger: these are Father Prosper Grech, Consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Father Karl Josef Becker, professor emeritus of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Monsignor Lucian Muresan, Major Archbishop Greek-Romanian Catholic Church, and Monsignor Julien Ries, professor emeritus of history of religions at the Catholic University of Louvain.


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