Pope surprises world by appointing 21 new Cardinals: Why this unexpected move?

Pope Francis appointed 21 new Cardinals at a Vatican ceremony on October 5, 2019. These cardinals were known as “princes of the Church,” They were selected from all over the world to reflect the Pope’s commitment in embracing diversity inside the Catholic church. The selection included priests and bishops from Ethiopia as well as Indonesia and Guatemala. It is important for the Catholic church to create new cardinals, because these people are responsible for assisting the Pope with the governance of the Catholic Church. This includes the selection of a Pope, if necessary. The creation of new cardinals is an important event in the Catholic Church, as these individuals are charged with assisting the Pope in the governance of his Church, particularly when a need arises for a new Pope.

Pope Francis decided to create 21 new Cardinals to give attention to the countries and regions not represented traditionally in the College of Cardinals. Pope Francis wants to ensure inclusivity by diversifying the composition of the influential group. The new cardinals’ unique perspectives and experiences will be brought to the Church decision-making process. Their appointment is a major milestone on the journey of the Church to becoming a more inclusive and responsive institution.

Pope creates 21 new cardinals

Pope Francis makes new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica at a consistory on October 5, 2019.

Daniel Ibáñez, CNA

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he will create 21 new cardinals, including the Vatican’s recently appointed doctrinal chief Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, at a consistory on Sept. 30.

The 86 year old Pope made the announcement on July 9 from a balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, after reciting Angelus.

Here is the complete list:

Three of the three are older than 80 years:

  • Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez, Archbishop Emeritus of Cumanà (Venezuela)

  • Father Luis Pascual Dri OFM Cap. Confessor at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Pope Francis created 121 Cardinals from 66 different countries in eight constituencies since his election.

It is important to note that the word “you” means “you”. last consistory On August 27, 2022, the creation of new cards took place. The new cardinals include Cardinal Robert McElroy San Diego, California Cardinal Arthur RochePrefect of the Dicastery of Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments

Since the last consistory ten members of the College of Cardinals turned 80, and thus lost their chance to take part in future papal elections. Seven other cardinals, including Cardinal Angelo Camastri & Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, will reach 80 by the end of this year.

Pope Francis named 83 members to the 2020 consistory within a few days of it. College of Cardinals The electors will be eligible to vote at a future conclave. Benedict XVI named 38 cardinal electors, and John Paul II appointed 11.

Pope Francis appointed 81 of the 121 cardinals who will be electing cardinals at the next consistory.