Pope says will make new group of cardinals next month

The pope made the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address.

By: AP | Vatican City | Updated: October 9, 2016 4:28 pm
pope, vatican, cardinals, cardinal, cardinals vatican, world news He said the men came from five continents and the ceremony to elevate them, known as a consistory, would take place on Nov. 19. (Source: File)

Pope Francis has named 17 new cardinals 13 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect his successor. Three of the new cardinals are Americans, including moderate Chicago Archbishop Blaise Cupich and Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin. As is Francis’ tradition, the new cardinals hail from some of the most far-away and peripheral corners of the globe, with Africa, Oceania, Asia and South America getting far more representation than Europe, which has long dominated the College of Cardinals.

Significantly only one Italian elector was named Sunday: Francis’ ambassador to “the beloved and martyred Syria.” Francis said the 17 would be elevated at a consistory on Nov. 19, on the eve of the close to his Holy Year of Mercy.