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Pope Francis Names 13 New Cardinals

Pope Francis on Sunday after his reflection with pilgrims and the faithful’s gathered at the St. Peters square in Rome named 13 New Cardinals. On October 5th the new cardinals will receive their red hat.

Ten of the new cardinals are eligible to take part in a conclave, raising the number of cardinal-electors to 125 and 3 have no electoral powers.

Below are the names of the new Cardinals and a short profile:

  1. MONS. MIGUEL ANGEL AYUSO GUIXOT, MCCJ – PRESIDENT OF THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE.

 He was born in Sevilla (Spain), on 17 June 1952. On 2 May 1980, he made his perpetual profession in the Institute of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. He was ordained a priest on 20 September 1980 and exercised his missionary ministry in Egypt and Sudan until 2002. He obtained his license in Arab and Islamic Studies (PISAI Rome, 1982) and his doctorate in dogmatic theology (University of Granada, 2000). From 1989 he was a professor of Islamology first in Khartoum, then in Cairo and, therefore, at the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, where he later held the office of Dean until 2012. He has presided over various meetings of interreligious dialogue in Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Mozambique). On 30 June 2012, the Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed him Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Appointed by Pope Francis titular bishop of Luperciana, he was consecrated in March 2016. On May 25th he was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He has published books and articles in international journals. Besides the Spanish mother tongue, he knows Arabic, English, French and Italian.

  1. MONS. JOSÉ TOLENTINO CALAÇA DE MEDONÇA – ARCHIVIST AND LIBRARY OF SANTA ROMANA CHIESA.

He was born in Madeira (Portugal) on 15 December 1965. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Funchal (Madeira) on 28 July 1990. He obtained a Licentiate in Theology at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon in 1989; and the Licentiate in Biblical Sciences at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in 1992. He obtained a Doctorate in Biblical Theology at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon in 2004. Lecturer at the Diocesan Seminary of Funchal. Rector of the Pontifical Portuguese College in Rome. Vice-Rector and Professor of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon. Invited Professor at the Catholic Universities of Pernambuco and Rio de Janeiro; and at the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Culture since 2011. He has published numerous books and articles in the theological and exegetical fields, as well as various poetic works. On June 26, 2018, Pope Francis appointed him Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church, raising him at the same time to the titular bishopric of Suava, with the dignity of Archbishop.

  1. MONS. IGNATIUS SUHARYO HARDJOATMODJO – ARCHBISHOP OF JAKARTA (INDONESIA).

Of Javanese origin, of the Semarang clergy, he was born on 9 July 1950 in Sedayn and was ordained a priest on 26 January 1976. Appointed Archbishop of Semarang on 21 April 1997, he was transferred to Jakarta as Coadjutor on 25 July 2009, succeeding for an assistant on June 28, 2010. From January 2, 2006, he is also Military Ordinary in Indonesia. He is the first Archbishop of Jakarta from the diocesan clergy. He received his Laura in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Urban University in 1981. Before his episcopal appointment, he was Professor of Sacred Scripture and Rector of the Pontifical Theology Wedabakti Faculty in Yogyakarta. He is currently a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The Archbishop is President of the Episcopal Conference of Indonesia.

  1. MONS. JUAN DE LA CARIDAD GARCÍA RODRÍGUEZ – ARCHBISHOP OF SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LA HABANA (CUBA).

He was born in Camagüey on 11 July 1948. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the San Basilio de El Cobre Seminary and at the San Carlos y San Ambrosio Major Seminary in La Habana. He was ordained a priest on 25 January 1972. He first exercised the priestly ministry in the parish of Morón and in that of Ciego de Avila. He was the pastor of Jatibonico and of Morón and Vicar for the pastoral care of the then Vicar of Ciego-Morón. In 1989 he was appointed Parish Priest of Florida and also founder and Director of the School for Missionaries of the Diocese of Camagüey. On 15 March 1997, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Gummi of Proconsular and Auxiliary of Camagüey and received Episcopal ordination the following 7 June. On 10 June 2002, he was appointed Archbishop of Camagüey. On April 26, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Metropolitan Archbishop of San Cristóbal de La Habana.

  1. MONS. FRIDOLIN AMBONGO BESUNGU, O.F.M. POSTAL CODE. – ARCHBISHOP OF KINSHASA (CONGO).

 He was born on 24 January 1960 in Boto, Diocese of Molegbe. After attending courses in Philosophy at the Seminary of Bwamanda and Theology at the Saint Eugène de Mazenod Institute, he made his first profession in the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in 1981 and perpetual in 1987. He was ordained a priest on August 14 1988. He graduated in Moral Theology at the Alphonsian Academy. After his priestly ordination he was parish priest in Bobito (1988-1989), Professor at the Catholic University of Kinshasa; Major Superior, Vice-Provincial of the Capuchin Fathers of the Vice-Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, National President of the Assembly of Major Superiors (ASUMA) and of the District of the Capuchin Friars Minor in Africa (CONCAU). Elected Bishop of Bokungu-Ikela, he received episcopal ordination on 6 March 2005. He was also Apostolic Administrator of Kole, President of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, and Apostolic Administrator of Mbandaka-Bikoro, before being appointed Archbishop of the same Archdiocese on 12 November 2016. From June 2016 he is Vice-President of the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO). On 6 February 2018, the Holy Father Francis appointed him Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa. On November 1, 2018, he was appointed titular Archbishop of the same.

  1. MONS. JEAN-CLAUDE HÖLLERICH, SJ – ARCHBISHOP OF LUXEMBOURG (LUXEMBOURG).

 He was born on 9 August 1958 in Differdange, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. After his secondary studies in the Classical Lyceum of Diekirch, he began his formation in the diocesan priesthood in Rome, where he stayed at the Pontifical German-Hungarian College and studied at the Gregorian. In 1981, he joined the Society of Jesus and followed the Jesuit training in the Province of Southern Belgium and Luxembourg. After the novitiate in Namur and two years of pastoral training in Luxembourg (1983-1985), he left for Japan where he studied Japanese language and culture and resumed his study of theology at Sophia University in Tokyo (1985-1989) ). He finished theology in Frankfurt (Germany) with a license. He received priestly ordination on 21 April 1990 for the company of Jesus. After his ordination, he completed his studies in German language and literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität of Munich, completed with a license (1990-1994). He held the following positions: a pastoral apprenticeship at the Jeunesse étudiante Chrétienne in Luxembourg and at the Communautés Vie Chrétienne, Teacher in the Vauban French high school of Luxembourg (1983-1985); Spiritual guide for seminarians during the preparatory year for the Luxembourg Major Seminary and Head of the vocation ministry (1990-1994). Since 1994, he has been teaching German and French languages, and European studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, and since 1999, Chaplain of the students of the same University. Furthermore, since 2008, he is Rector of the Jesuit community at Sophia University and Vice-Rector of the same University for General and Student Affairs. He was also Delegate of the Japanese Episcopal Conference for the preparation and participation in the World Youth Day in Cologne in 2005. On 12 July 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Luxembourg (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg).

  1. MONS. ALVARO L. RAMAZZINI IMERI – BISHOP OF HUEHUETENAMGO (GUATEMALA).

 He was born in Ciudad de Guatemala on July 16, 1947, and was ordained a priest on June 27, 1971, for the Archdiocese of Guatemala. He received his doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was Professor and Rector of the National Major Seminary of Guatemala and parish priest of one of the largest parishes of the Archdiocese of Guatemala. On 15 December 1988, he was appointed Bishop of San Marcos and received episcopal consecration in Rome from Saint John Paul II on 6 January 1989. He held many posts in the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala – of which he was President from 2006 to 2008 – and currently, he chairs the Commission for Social Communications and the Penitentiary Pastoral Commission. He participated in the CELAM Assembly in Aparecida in 2007 and in the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops in 1997. On May 14, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Huehuetenango.

  1. MONS. MATTEO ZUPPI – ARCHBISHOP OF BOLOGNA (ITALY).

 He was born in Rome on 11 October 1955; he entered the Seminary of Palestrina and attended the courses of preparation for the priesthood at the Lateran University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Theology. He also graduated in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Rome. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Palestrina on 9 May 1981 and incardinated in Rome on 15 November 1988. In 2006 he was awarded the title of Chaplain of His Holiness. He carried out the following tasks: Rector of the Church of S. Croce alla Lungara from 1983 to 2012; Member of the Presbyteral Council from 1995 to 2012; Vice Parish Priest of Santa Maria in Trastevere from 1981 to 2000; from 2000 to 2010 he became parish priest; from 2005 to 2010 Prefect of the 3rd Prefecture of Rome; from 2000 to 2012 General Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Community of Sant Egidio; from 2010 to 2012 pastor of the parish of Sts. Simone and Giuda Taddeo in Torre Angela and from 2011 to 2012 Prefect of the XVII Prefecture of Rome. He is also the author of some pastoral publications. Appointed Titular Bishop of Villanova and Auxiliary of Rome on 31 January 2012, he received episcopal consecration on 14 April of the same year. On 27 October 2015, Pope Francis appointed him Metropolitan Archbishop of Bologna.

  1. MONS. CRISTÓBAL LÓPEZ ROMERO, SDB – ARCHBISHOP OF RABAT (MOROCCO).

 He was born May 19, 1952, in Vélez-Rubio Diocese of Almeria Spain. He joined the Salesian Family in 1964. After completing his secondary studies in the Salesian Seminary of Gerona, he entered the Salesian Seminary in Barcelona, where he studied Philosophy (1973-1975) and Theology (1975-1979). He obtained a Licentiate in Information Sciences, Journalism section, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1982). He made his first profession on 16 August 1968 and solemn profession on 2 August 1974. He was ordained a priest on 19 May 1979. After his ordination he held the following positions from 1979 to 1984 Minister for the marginalized in La Verneda, Barcelona; 1984-1986: Youth Ministry in the Salesian College of Asunción (Paraguay); 1986-1992: Provincial Delegate for vocational youth ministry in Asunción; 1991-1992: Director of the Salesian Bulletin in Asunción; 1992-1994: Parish priest in Asunción; 1994-2000: Provincial of the Salesian Province of Paraguay; 2000-2002: Director of the Community, pastoral and teacher in the College of Asunción; 2002-2003: Ministry in the Missions in Paraguay; 2003-2011: Director of the Community, of parish and scholastic pastoral care in the vocational training center in Kénitra, Morocco; 2011-2014: Provincial of the Salesian Province of Bolivia; since 2014: Provincial of the Salesian Province of María Auxiliadora in Spain. On December 29, 2017, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Rabat.

  1. R.P. MICHAEL CZERNY, SJ – UNDER SECRETARY OF THE MIGRANTS SECTION

 He was born in the then Czechoslovakia in 1946 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1963. In 1973 he was ordained a priest for the Canadian Jesuit Province. In 1978 he received his doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Chicago. In 1979, in Toronto, he founded the Jesuit Center for Faith and Social Justice and directed it until 1989 when, following the killing of the Jesuits at the Central American University (UCA), he moved to San Salvador where in 1991 he held the position of Vice-Rector of the UCA and Director of the Institute for Human Rights of the same Center. From 1992 to 2002 he served as Secretary for Social Justice at the General Curia of the Society of Jesus and subsequently worked in Africa as founder and Director of the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN), Support Network for African Jesuits committed to responding to the HIV / AIDS pandemic. Since 2005 he has taught at Hekima College, at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, collaborating with the Episcopal Conference of Kenya. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him adiutor (expert) at the Second of the Synod of Bishops for Africa. Since 2010 he is a Consultant at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. On December 14, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Sub-Secretaries of the Section of In October 2018 he was a Member of the Synod of Youth and in 2019, Special Secretary of the Synod for the Pan-Amazon region.

  1. MONS. MICHAEL LOUIS FITZGERALD – ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF NEPTE

 He was born in Walsall on 17 August 1937. In 1950 he entered the Congregation of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) and was ordained a priest on 3 February 1961. On 22 January 1987, he was appointed the secretary of the then Secretariat for Non-Christians, named since 1988 Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. On 16 December 1991, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Nepte and received episcopal consecration on 6 January 1992. On 1 October 2002, he was appointed President of the same Pontifical Council and consequently he was elevated to Archbishop. On November 23, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; in 2004 he appointed him a Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture. On February 15, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Apostolic Nuncio of Egypt until the renunciation presented by age limits in 2012.the Department for the Service of Human Integral Development which deals specifically with what concerns refugees and migrants.

  1. MONS. SIGITAS TAMKEVICIUS SJ – ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF KAUNAS

He was born November 7, 1938, in Gudonys (Lazdijai region). He was ordained a priest on April 18, 1962. He completed various assignments as parochial vicar of Alytus, Lazdijai, Kudirkos, Naumiestis, Prieani, Simmas. In 1968 he enters the Society of Jesus. In 1983 he was arrested 10 years of imprisonment in the Perm labor camps and Mordovia for anti-Soviet propaganda and agitation In 1988 he was exiled to Siberia until his release. In 1990 he was appointed Rector of the Interdiocesan Seminary of Kaunas. On May 19, 1991, he was consecrated auxiliary Bishop of Kaunas until 1996 which became Archbishop of the same. His episcopal consecration was May 19, 1991. From 1999 to 2002 and from 2005 to 2014 the Archbishop was appointed President of the Episcopal Conference of Lithuania. From 2002-2005 he was appointed as Vice-President. On 11 July 2015, Pope Francis accepted the resignation as Archbishop, presented for age limits.

  1. MONS. EUGENIO DAL CORSO, PSDP – BISHOP EMERITUS OF BENGUELA

He was born on 16 May 1939. His parents, after completing the school, sent him to complete his studies at the Don Calabria Institute. Precisely there he decided to become a missionary. After his priestly ordination (17 July 1963) he was sent to Rome to complete his studies in dogmatic theology, devoting himself also to pastoral life in the parish of Madonna di Campagna (Verona) and then in Naples. In 1975 he began his missionary life: the first destination in Argentina, in Laferrere, province of Buenos Aires. Here he remained eleven years until he was transferred to Africa: Luanda in Angola where he worked alongside the weaker populations. On 15 December 1995, he was appointed coadjutor bishop of Saurino until 15 January 1997, which became the titular bishop of the same.

Source: Augustus Aikins//Radio Angelus

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