Denver Newsroom, May 31, 2022 / 16:59 pm
The newest — and first — cardinal-elect of the island nation of East Timor says he was completely surprised by his appointment by Pope Francis over the weekend.
“When I heard this news, I was so shocked I almost fainted,” Archbishop Dom Virgilio do Carmo da Silva told reporters May 30. "I never dreamed of this and I never looked for it.”
Pope Francis on Sunday announced the names of 21 men whom he will create as cardinals at an Aug. 27 consistory. At age 54, Da Silva could be eligible to vote in conclaves for 26 years.
President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor paid a courtesy call to congratulate da Silva, who leads the Archdiocese of Dili.