Vatican City, May 20, 2018 / 04:08 am
There will be a consistory June 29 to create 14 new cardinals, each of whom express the "universality" of the Church, Pope Francis announced Sunday after his Regina Coeli address.
"Their provenance expresses the universality of the Church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people on earth," he said May 20, noting that the new cardinals from the Diocese of Rome also show "the inseparable link between the see of Peter and the particular Churches spread throughout the world."
"Let us pray for the new cardinals, so that by confirming their adherence to Christ, the Most Merciful and faithful High Priest (see Hebrews 2:17), they will help me in my ministry as Bishop of Rome for the good of the whole faithful People of God," the pope said.
Among the newly appointed cardinals is His Beatitude Louis Raphael Sako I, the patriarch of Babylon for the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Baghdad.