Rome Reports: New Cardinals – What will the College of Cardinals look like?

Below is an excerpt of a report on Rome Reports about the appointment of six new cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow.

“On Saturday November 24th, the Pope will appoint six new cardinals. He made the announcement a few weeks ago, during a general audience in St. Peter’s Square. The new appointments will lower the average age of cardinals and it will give an international touch to the Pope’s closest advisers.

The new cardinals are American, James Harvey, who currently serves as the Prefect of the Papal Household and will also be the future Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

The list also includes Maronite Patriarch Raï Béchara, who serves as Lebanon’s main Catholic leader. Third on the list is Indian  Baselios Thottunkal, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Church. From Nigeria, there’s John Onaiyekan, the Archbishop of Abuja. From Colombia, there’s Ruben Salazar, the Archbishop of Bogota. From the Philippines, there’s Luis Antonio Tagle, who serves as the Archbishop of Manila.

The new appointments give a greater representation of the Universal Church.  In addition to advising the Pope, cardinals younger than 80, will be in charge of electing a new Pope in an eventual conclave. “

From Rome Reports

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