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Pope Francis creates twenty new cardinals

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The Catholic Church has twenty new cardinals chosen from every corner of the world, from Brazil to India, from East Timor to South Korea, from France to the United States. The Pope called them not because of the size of their dioceses or because of the weight that the Catholic Church has in their country but he wanted to put the spotlight, once again, on realities often on the margins of the world.

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The Pope asked the new cardinals to treat the powerful of the earth and the little ones in the same way: “A cardinal loves the Church, always with the same spiritual fire, both in dealing with the big questions and dealing with small ones; and by meeting the great ones of this. world, which must do it, many times, both the little ones, who are great before God “. But Francis does not forget the difficult moment that the world is experiencing, starting with the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and warns against the risk of a new cold war. The Pope then quoted in his homily Cardinal Agostino Casaroli (who was Vatican Secretary of State from 1979 to 1990), “rightly famous for his open gaze to support, with wise dialogue, the new horizons of Europe after the Cold War .

And God forbid that human myopia – Francis emphasized – closes again those horizons that he has opened. “The rite of the Consistory, with the imposition of the purple cap, the color of the blood of martyrdom, the oath of fidelity of the cardinals, the delegations accompanying the new cardinals, the faithful who greet them in the Apostolic Palace, is always one of the most evocative moments of the Church. his successor. Today most of the cardinal electors are created by Francis himself: 83 out of 132.

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There are 38 cardinal electors created by Benedict XVI in the college and 11 more of those who had been chosen by Pope Wojtyla. Overall, 226 cardinals, including those over 80, who do not vote. The twenty new purples bring different pieces of the world to the center of the Church: from the Amazonian forests of Brazil, to the divisions among the Koreas, from the minority Church in greater India to that continuously under attack from Nigeria. Five Italians and among them the one who is now the youngest cardinal in the world: Giorgio Marengo, 48, who has been a missionary in Mongolia for twenty. Cardinal Angelo Becciu also participated in the consistory, as he himself announced, on trial in the Vatican for managing the funds of the Secretariat of State. At the end of the celebration, the Pope also set the date of canonization of Giovanni Battista Scalabrini and Artemide Zatti, two saints who, due to their history, can be considered ‘patrons’ of migrants. They will be canonized on October 9 in San Pietro.

 

Source: Ansa

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