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New cardinals: Observations by the Director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Fedrico Lombardi

And following the publication by Pope Francis of the names of the cardinals-elect, the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, made certain observations, pointing out the fact that the Pope has adhered to the rule of 120 Cardinals under 80 years of age who will be eligible to vote in a papal election. There are currently “vacant 13” seats and 3 others will be “vacant” by the end of May, and that explains why the Pope has chosen 16 electors.
Fr. Lombardi explained that of the 16 that are eligible to vote, 4 are members of the Curia and 12 are residential archbishops or bishops, and that they all come all from different countries . He also noted that the distribution of electors who are residential prelates is well spread among the different continents, clarifying that Two are from Europe, three from North and Central America, three from South America, two from Africa, and two from Asia.
He said that the choice of the African Cardinals from Burkina Faso and Haiti shows the Holy father’s concern for people that are challenged by poverty. Two residential prelates were chosen from places not traditionally considered Cardinalate Sees and they are Perugia in Italy, and Cotabato on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.
The secretary of Pope John XXIII, 98 year old Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla is among the non-electors Cardinals. Of the entire list of 19 cardinals, Archbishop Capovilla, is the oldest of the Cardinals-elect at 98 and the youngest is 55 year old Bishop Langlois, of Les Cayes in Haïti.


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