Pope Benedict XVI named Saturday six new cardinals, among them Bogota Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, at a consistory held at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, the fifth such meeting of his pontificate.
With these appointments, the College of Cardinals now has 211 ecclesiastics raised to the purple, of whom 120 are eligible to take part in any eventual conclave, being less than 80 years old.
The other 91, as established by Vatican regulations, though they may not enter the Sistine Chapel for conclaves to elect a pope, they themselves are eligible to be elected.
The six new cardinals are all less than 80 years old, so they may be electors.
Of the six, two are from the Americas, three are Asian and one is African.
The new Colombian cardinal was born in Bogota in 1942. He was ordained a priest in 1967 and in 1992 was named bishop of Cucuta, in 1999 he became archbishop of Barranquilla and in 2010 was made archbishop of Bogota. EFE