Speaking at the end of a special Mass on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, Francis said the 17 would be elevated on November 19.
"I am shocked beyond words by the decision of the Holy Father", Tobin tweeted.
An Omaha native has been elevated to the position of Cardinal. On hearing the news, Zenari said that making the nuncio to Syria a cardinal is a signal to the warring parties: "It is nearly like a warning", he said. "The role of Cardinal brings new responsibilities, but with your prayers and help, we will continue the task we have begun of renewing the Church in the archdiocese and preparing it to thrive in the decades ahead", Cupich said in the statement.
The catholic Bishop's conference of Malaysia is pleased to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis has named Most Reverend Anthony Soter Fernandez, Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as Cardinal. "I ask all in the Diocese of Dallas to please pray for me that I may to the best of my ability fulfill this sacred duty to our Church".
Cardinals under 80, known as cardinal-electors, can enter a secret conclave to choose a new pope from their own ranks after Francis dies or resigns. Additionally, he nominated Fr Ernest Simoni, an Albanian priest from the diocese of Shkodra, whose testimony of the persecution of the Albanian Church under the communist regime the Pope cried at during his 2014 daytrip to the country.
Pope Francis sent a message to Argentina July 17 for a Mass marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Servants of God Alfredo Leaden, Pedro Duffau, Alfredo Kelly, Salvador Barbeito Doval and Emilio Barletti. Pat's, the second-oldest parish in the city, said the appointment means Cupich joins "the 120 cardinals who are the closest counselors and advisers to the pope".
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New to the club of the "princes" of the church are bishops from Bangui, Central African Republic; Port Louis, Mauritius and Tlalnepantla, Mexico. He met the pope when Francis visited vehicle at the end of 2015, a trip he was instrumental in organising.
The other three cardinal over 80 come from Malaysia, Italy and Lesotho. In a major surprise, he gave the top slot to the courageous Italian nuncio in Damascus, Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari.
Another important European on the list is Spaniard Carlos Osoro Sierra, the archbishop of Madrid, who many call "the Spanish Francis" because he is so similar in pastoral style to Francis, and who is sure to start making the lists of the "papabili" or "popeable" contenders to replace Francis should he resign or pass away.
Reaching to another periphery, he is giving the red hat to Sergio da Rocha, archbishop of Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, the country with the largest Catholic population in the world that is today in a grave political crisis over corruption. But Albert Meyer, John Cody, Joseph Bernardin, Francis George and now Cupich were elevated within 2 years of their arrival in Chicago.
Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario of Dhaka, Bangladesh.