Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning that he is to create 22 new cardinals. 18 of the new cardinals will be eligible to vote in a papal election since they are under the age of 80 while 4 are considerd honourary cardinals being age over 80.
Here is the list of the 22 cardinals-designate, in the order in which Pope Benedict XVI announced them today:
– Italian Archbishop Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, 65.
– Portuguese Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 73.
– Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril Castello, archpriest of Basilica of St. Mary Major, 76.
– Italian Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, president Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, who turns 74 February 3.
– Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, president of the commission governing Vatican City State, 69.
– Italian Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Interpreting Legislative Texts, 73.
– Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, 64.
– U.S. Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, 72.
– Italian Archbishop Domenico Calcagno, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, who turns 69 February 3.
– Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Versaldi, president of Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, 68.
– Syro-Malabar Archbishop George Alencherry of India, 66.
– Canadian Archbishop Thomas C. Collins of Toronto, who will be 65 on January 16.
– Czech Archbishop Dominik Duka of Prague, 68.
– Dutch Archbishop Willem J. Eijk of Utrecht, 58.
– Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Betori of Florence, 64.
– U.S. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who will turn 62 February 6
– German Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin, 55.
– Chinese Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong, 72.
There were also four cardinals who are aged over 80 and therefore ineligible to vote in a papal conclave.
–Romanian Archbishop Lucian Muresan of Fagaras and Alba Julia, 80.
– Belgian Father Julien Ries, expert on history of religions, 91.
– Maltese Augustinian Father Prosper Grech, biblical scholar, 86.
– German Jesuit Father Karl Josef Becker, theologian, 83
Of the cardinal-electors, Pope Benedict XVI has not appointed 64 while 53 were appointed by John Paul II.