Pope Francis said during the traditional Sunday prayer in St. Peter's Square that he is naming 19 new cardinals, including the archbishops of Buenos Aires, Managua, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago.
The ceremony at which the pontiff will bestow the cardinal's hat and ring on the 19 selected men, including three who are over age 80 and thus cannot vote for a new pope, will be held as announced on Feb. 22 in The Vatican.
The new cardinals will include those recently named by Francis to top Vatican posts: the secretary of state, Pietro Parolin; the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, Lorenzo Baldisseri; and the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Beniamino Stella.
Also to be appointed cardinal will be the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Gerhard Ludwig Müller.
Others who will also become cardinals include the archbishops of Westminster, Great Britain, Gerard Nichols; Quebec, Gerald Cyprien Lacroix; and Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Jean-Pierre Kutwa.
As expected, also receiving the honor will be representatives from Latin America: Managua Archbishop Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano; Rio de Janeiro Archbishop Orani João Tempesta; Santiago Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello; and the pope's replacement as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mario Aurelio Poli. EFE