Monday, 29 September 2003

Vatican City (Fides Service) - Before praying the Angelus at midday on Sunday 28 September from his window overlooking St Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II announced that he will hold a Consistory – the 9th of his pontificate – on 21 October during which he will create 31 new cardinals, one “in pectore”. The new Cardinals serve some in the Roman Curia and some in different countries all over the world: 18 in Europe: Italy 6; France 3; Spain 2; Croatia, Scotland, Czech Rep. Poland, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary 1; 5 in America: Mexico 1;United States, Canada, Guatemala, Brazil; 3 in Africa, Nigeria, Sudan, Ghana; 3 in Asia Japan, India, Vietnam and 1 in Oceania.

In the Curia
Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran Secretary, Secretary of State for Relations with States, French
Archbishop Renato Raffaele Martino President Pontifical Council (PC) Justice and Peace, Italian
Archbishop Francesco Marchisano President Pontifical Council Church’s Cultural Goods, Italian
Archbishop Julian Herranz; President Pontifical Council for Interpretation of Legislative Texts, Spanish
Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan President Pontifical Council Pastoral Care of Health Workers, Mexican
Archbishop Stephen Fumio Hamao President Pontifical Council Pastoral for Migrants and Itinerants, Japanese
Archbishop Attilio Nicora President Pontifical Council for the Patrimony of the Church, Italian

19 Archbishop of Local Churches:
Archbishop Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice (Italy);
Archbishop Anthony Olubunmi Okogie of Lagos (Nigeria);
Archbishop Bernard Panafieu Of Marseilles (France);
Archbishop Gabriel Zubeir Wako of Khartoum (Sudan);
Archbishop Carlos Amigo Vallejo, O.F.M. of Seville (Spain);
Archbishop Justin Francis Rigali, of Philadelphia (United States of America);
Archbishop Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh (Scotland);
Archbishop Eusébio Oscar Scheid S.C.I., Archbishop of São Sebastião Do Rio De Janeiro (Brazil);
Archbishop Ennio Antonelli of Florence (Italy);
Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., of Genova, (Italy);
Archbishop Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Cape Coast (Ghana);
Archbishop Telesphore Placidus Toppo of Ranchi (India);
Archbishop George Pell, of Sydney (Australia);
Archbishop Josip Bozanić of Zagbreb (Croatia);
Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Mân of Hôchiminh Ville (Vietnam);
Archbishop Rodolfo Quezada Toruño of Guatemala (Guatemala);
Archbishop Philippe Barbarin of Lyon (France);
Archbishop Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest (Hungary);
Archbishop Marc Ouellet P.S.S., of Quebec (Canada).

Among the new Cardinals the Pope has included four ecclesiastics who have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church:

Rev. Fr George Marie Martin Cottier, O.P., Theologian of the Papal Household (Swiss);

Mgr. Gustaaf Joos, Gand diocese in Belgium;
Rev. Fr Tomáš Špidlík, S.I. (Czech);

Rev Fr Stanislas Nagy, of the Priests of the Sacred Heart or Dehonian Fathers, (Polish).

“The candidates to the dignity of cardinal come from all over the world and they have different duties at the service of the People of God – the Pope concluded - . They represent the Church’s universality and the variety of her ministries. We entrust the newly elected Cardinals to the Blessed Virgin Mary invoking her maternal protection upon them and upon their respective duties in the Lord’s vineyard” SL (Fides Service 29/9/2003 EM lines 52Words: 446)