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Pope Francis appoints 19 new Cardinals, none from the U.S.

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Pope Francis has created 19 new Cardinals in a ceremony at St Peter's Basilica on Saturday; 18 were present for the Consistory while one was absent as reported via Vatican News.

The above photo depicts new Cardinal, Gualtiero Bassetti as he received his biretta cap, the insignia of the office, from Pope Francis on February 22 in Vatican City. Pope Francis conducted the celebration entirely in Latin as it occurred on the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle. All of the newly appointed Cardinals present received the red biretta and a Cardinal’s ring.

Missing from the Consistory was 98-year-old Cardinal Loris Capovilla. The former secretary to Blessed John XXIII and Archbishop Chieti-Vasto from Italy received his new title of Cardinal in absentia.

The 19 clergymen elevated to Cardinal by Pope Francis represent the scope of the globe, however none are from the United States.

  1. Pietro Parolin: Venezuela
  2. Lorenzo Baldisseri: Brazil
  3. Gerhard Ludwig Müller: Germany
  4. Beniamino Stella: Cuba and Colombia
  5. Vincent Gerard Nichols: England
  6. Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano: Italy and Nicaragua
  7. Gérarld Cyprien Lacroix, I.S.P.X ÉRALD CYPRIEN LACROIX, I.S.P.X.: Canada
  8. Jean-Pierre Kutwa: Ivory Coast
  9. Orani João Tempesta: Brazil
  10. Gualtiero Bassetti: Italy (pictured)
  11. Mario Aurelio Pioli: Argentina
  12. Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung: South Korea
  13. Riccardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B: Chile
  14. Philippe Nakellentuba Ouedraogo: Burkina Faso
  15. Orolando Quevedo, O.M.I.: Philippines
  16. Chibly Langlois: Haiti
  17. Loris Francesco Capovilla: Italy (absent)
  18. Sebastián Aguilar C.M.F.: Spain
  19. Kelvin Edward Felix: West Indies

According to Vatican Radio Pope Francis urged the newly appointed Cardinals to proclaim the Gospel at all times and as representatives of the Catholic Church to also be peacemakers. The 18 new Cardinals present in Rome will celebrate Mass on Sunday with His Holiness at St. Peter’s Basilica.

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