Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Speaking to pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday, May 20 for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer, the Pope announced he would create new Cardinals at a Consistory on June 29th, Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Three of them, the Archbishops of Karachi in Pakistan, Toamasina in Madagascar and Osaka in Japan, are Ordinaries of territories entrusted to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
"The countries of origin - said Pope Francis - express the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men on Earth. Furthermore, the new Cardinals from the Diocese of Rome also show the inseparable link between the see of Peter and the particular Churches spread throughout the world".
The names of the new Cardinals: His Beatitude Louis Raphaël I Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans; His Exc. Mgr. Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; His Exc. Mgr. Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome; His Exc. Mgr. Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretary of State and Special Delegate for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; His Exc. Mgr. Konrad Krajewski, Almoner of the Office of Papal Charities; His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi; His Exc. Mgr. António dos Santos Marto, Bishop of Leiria-Fátima; His Exc. Mgr. Pedro Barreto, Archbishop of Huancayo; His Exc. Mgr. Desiré Tsarahazana, Archbishop of Toamasina; His Exc. Mgr. Giuseppe Petrocchi, Archbishop of L'Aquila; His Exc. Mgr. Thomas Aquinas Manyo, Archbishop of Osaka.
"Alongside them - announced the Pope – I will also nominate to the College of Cardinals: an Archbishop, a Bishop and a priest who have distinguised themselves for their service to the Church: His Exc. Mgr. Sergio Obeso Rivera, Archbishop Emeritus of Xalapa; His Exc. Mgr. Toribio Ticona Porco, the emeritus of Corocoro; Fr. Aquilino Bocos Merino, a Spanish Claretian. Let us pray for the new Cardinals, so that by confirming their adherence to Christ, the Most Merciful and faithful High Priest, they will help me in my ministry as Bishop of Rome for the good of the whole faithful People of God". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 21/05/2018)