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Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others.

Announcing his choices May 20, the pope said that coming from 11 nations, the new cardinals "express the universality of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people of the earth."

Pope Francis' list included three men over the age of 80 "who have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church."

Pope tells new cardinals to serve people, tackle sins

New cardinals prayed as Pope Francis led a consistory June 28 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Pictured are Cardinals Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali; Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain; Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Sweden; Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Pakse, Laos; and Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador, El Salvador.

VATICAN CITY — Cardinals are not called to be "princes" of the Church, but to serve the people of God and tackle the sins of the world, Pope Francis told five new cardinals.

Jesus "calls you to serve like Him and with Him, to serve the father and your brothers and sisters," the pope said as he created five new cardinals from five nations June 28.

Pope announces new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, Salvador

The new cardinals, clockwise from top left: Cardinal-designate Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Cardinal-designate Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Cardinal-designate Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain and Cardinal-designate Gregorio Rosa Chavez, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, El Salvador

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador.

Pope looks far afield in naming 17 new cardinals

Cardinals-designate Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis and Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life, are the three new U.S. cardinals named by Pope Francis Oct. 9.

VATICAN CITY — Choosing new members of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis once again looked to countries and particularly to dioceses that were not and never had been represented in the body that advises the pope and bears responsibility for electing his successor.

Pope urges cardinals to go in search of the lost, bring them in

Pope Francis placed a red biretta on new Cardinal Soane Mafi of Tonga at a consistory at which the pope created 20 new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica Feb. 14 at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church cannot call itself Church if it is a "closed caste" where the sick, the wounded and sinners are shunned, Pope Francis told the 20 new cardinals he created.

"The way of the Church is precisely to leave her four walls behind and to go out in search of those who are distant, those essentially on the outskirts of life," the pope said Feb. 15 as he celebrated Mass in St. Peter's Basilica with 19 of the Churchmen who received their red hats the day before and with about 140 other members of the College of Cardinals.

Editorial | It's about all of us

At first glance, Americans might have been a bit bummed when they heard that none of the Catholic Church's newly named cardinals are from the United States.

But Pope Francis' naming of 15 cardinals from 14 nations shows the universal nature of the Church and the important and growing role of the Church in poorer countries of the Southern Hemisphere. Three of the new cardinal electors are from Asia, three from Latin America, two from Africa and two from Oceania.

It's easy to be impressed by the new cardinal-designates.

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