Pope Benedict names 6 new cardinals
CWN – October 24, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will create six new cardinals in a consistory that will be held on November 24.
The six are Archbishop James Michael Harvey, prefect of the papal household since 1998; Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, head of the Maronite Catholic Church since 2011; Major Archbishop Baselios Cleemis (Isaac) Thottunkal, head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church since 2007; Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja (Nigeria); Archbishop Jesús Salazar Gómez of Bogota; and Archbishop Luís Antonio Tagle of Manila.
The addition of six cardinals will increase the membership of the College of Cardinals to 212 and the number of cardinal-electors to 120. There are currently 116 cardinal-electors, but two of them, Cardinals Francis Arinze and Renato Martino, will turn 80 before November 24.
Additional sources for this story: Annuncio Di Concistoro Per La Creazione Di Sei Nuovi Cardinali (Holy See) press.catholica.va/news_services/bulletin/news/29884.php?index=29884&lang=en