Pope Francis names first Filipino cardinal from Capiz


On November 28, there will be 13 new additions to the College of Cardinals: 9 are under 80 years of age.

Pope Francis on Sunday, October 25, named 13 new cardinals in the Catholic Church, including Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula.

In a surprise announcement made in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, the Pope said Advincula is among the new set of 13 cardinals in the Catholic Church, said the Vatican News.

The consistory to create the new set of cardinals will be held on November 28.

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Advincula is the country’s ninth cardinal, following cardinals Orlando Quevedo, Luis Antonio Tagle, Gaudencio Rosales, Jose Sanchez, Ricardo Vidal, Jaime Sin, Julio Rosales, and Rufino Santos.

The 68-year-old archbishop from Capiz is also among the nine newly-appointed cardinals who may participate in a conclave. The remaining four are over 80 years of age and are no longer eligible.

The CBCP said Advincula will be the fourth living Filipino cardinal, alongside Rosales, Quevedo, and Tagle, who serves as the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis also named the first African-American cardinal – Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington.


—(Source: CNN Philippines)


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