Francis names 17 cardinals: 13 of whom electors, 3 from USA

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

VATICAN CITY (KTRK) -- Pope Francis has named 17 new cardinals - 13 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect his successor. Three of the new cardinals are Americans, including moderate Chicago Archbishop Blaise Cupich and Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin.

As is Francis' tradition, the new cardinals hail from some of the most far-away and peripheral corners of the globe, with Africa, Oceania, Asia and South America getting far more representation than Europe, which has long dominated the College of Cardinals.

Significantly only one Italian elector was named Sunday: Francis' ambassador to "the beloved and martyred Syria."

Francis said the 17 would be elevated at a consistory on Nov. 19, on the eve of the close to his Holy Year of Mercy.

-Monsignor Mario Zenari, Vatican ambassador to Syria.

-Monsignor Dieudonné Nzapalainga, archbishop of Bangui, Central African Republic.

-Monsignor Carlos Osoro Sierra, archbishop of Madrid.

-Monsignor Sérgio da Rocha, archbishop of Brasilia, Brazil.

-Monsignor Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago.

-Monsignor Patrick D'Rozario, archbishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

-Monsignor Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, archbishop of Merida, Venezuela.

-Monsignor Jozef De Kesel, archbishop of Malines-Brussels, Belgium.

-Monsignor Maurice Piat, archbishop of Port Louis, Mauritius.

-Monsignor Kevin Joseph Farrell, outgoing archbishop of Dallas and new prefect of the Vatican dicastry for laity, family and life.

-Monsignor Carlos Aguiar Retes, archbishop of Tlalnepantla, Mexico.

-Monsignor John Ribat, archbishop of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

-Monsignor Joseph William Tobin, archbishop of Indianapolis.


Cardinals named Sunday by Pope Francis who are over age 80 and thus ineligible to vote in a conclave:

-Monsignor Anthony Soter Fernandez, emeritus archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

-Monsignor Renato Corti, emeritus archbishop of Novara, Italy.

-Monsignor Sebastian Koto Khoarai, emeritus bishop of Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho.

-Rev. Ernest Simoni, presbyter of the archdiocese of Shkodr-Pult, Albania.