Pope names first African-American cardinal

Archbishop Wilton Gregory (CNS/Bob Roller)

Pope Francis has named 13 new cardinals including the Archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, who will become the first African-American to hold that title in the Church. Source: The Tablet.

The Pope announced yesterday that he had chosen nine new cardinals eligible to vote in a future conclave and four who are over the retirement age of 80.

Cardinal-designate Gregory’s appointment comes on the eve of the US presidential election and at a moment when racial tensions have been rising high in the country.

Francis’ cardinal choices, once again, reflect his preference for candidates from unexpected places, and pastors who share his vision of a Church inspired by the figure of St Francis of Assisi, the Pope’s namesake.

Among those chosen to be created cardinals are Fr Mauro Gambetti, the custodian of the Sacro Convento in Assisi, and Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, 86, who is preacher to the papal household and a Capuchin Franciscan. He will receive his red hat as a retired cardinal. Fr Cantalamessa is not the only Capuchin on the list as the Pope also chose Archbishop Celestino Aos, of Santiago, Chile.

The Pope’s new picks mean that 128 cardinals are eligible to vote in a future conclave, with Francis choosing well in excess of 50 per cent of the men who will select his successor.

The new cardinals of voting age include Vatican officials Bishop Mario Grech and Bishop Marcello Semeraro; Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Kigali, Rwanda; Archbishop Jose Advincula of Capiz in the Philippines; Bishop Cornelius Simo of Brunei and Archbishop Augusto Paolo Lojudice of Sienna.

Joining Fr Cantalamassa on the list of retired cardinals are Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Archbishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel and Fr Enrico Feroci.

They will receive their red hats during a consistory on 28 November.


Pope's 13 new cardinals include first African-American (By CHristopher Lamb, The Tablet)


Pope names 13 new cardinals, including Wilton Gregory of Washington (Crux)

Pope announces a consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals (Vatican News

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