Pope names 5 new cardinals

Pope names 5 new cardinals

Catholic World News – May 22, 2017

At the conclusion of his May 21 Regina Coeli address, Pope Francis announced that he will create five new cardinals in a June 28 consistory.

The five prelates are

Archbishop Jean Zerbo, 73, of Bamako, Mali
Archbishop Juan José Omella Omella, 71, of Barcelona
Bishop Anders Arborelius, OCD, 67, of Stockholm
Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, IVD, 73, apostolic vicar of Paksé, Laos
Auxiliary Bishop José Gregorio Rosa Chávez, 74, of San Salvador, El Salvador

Of the five, only one—Archbishop Omella—comes from a see that has a recent tradition of governance by cardinal archbishops. Also, four of the five come from countries that have never before boasted a member of the College of Cardinals; again Archbishop Omella is the exception.

In choosing Bishop Rosa Chavez to receive red hat, the Pope made another unconventional move, selecting an auxiliary bishop rather than the leader of the archdiocese, Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas. Bishop Rosa Chavez was close to the Blessed Oscar Romero, a former Archbishop of San Salvador, who was killed in 1980.

Three of the prelates named to be cardinals—Archbishop Zerbo, Arborelius, and Mangkhanedkhoun—come from countries where Catholics form a very small minority of the population. Mali is overwhelmingly Muslim. Sweden’s religious landscape is dominated by Lutheranism, although most Swedes now describe themselves as having no religious faith, while Islam is a growing force in the country. Laos has a Buddhist majority, with many people adhering to local folk religions, and less than 1% of the population Catholic.

The creation of the five cardinals will increase the membership in the College of Cardinals to 227, of whom 121 will be eligible to vote in a papal election.

“Let us commend the new cardinals to the protection of Saints Peter and Paul,” the Pope said to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, “so that by the intercession of the Prince of the Apostles, they may be genuine servants of ecclesial communion, and by that of the Apostle to the Gentiles, may be joyful heralds of the Gospel throughout the world and, with their testimony and their counsel, they may support me more intensely in my service as Bishop of Rome, universal Pastor of the Church.”

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3 comments on “Pope names 5 new cardinals

  1. From: Pope Francis Calls Consistory to Create 5 New Cardinals (Edward Pentin, National neo-Catholic Register, 5/21/17):

    [First Swedish cardinal since the Reformation for the first ethnically Swedish bishop since the Reformation; no over-packing of the College of Cardinals as previously rumored but enough to insure the continuing influence of the St. Gallen Group that engineered Francis’ election]

    Many Swedish Catholics are celebrating the choice of Bishop Anders Arborelius. The first ethnic Swede to have been consecrated bishop since the Reformation (most Scandinavian Catholics, particularly clergy, are immigrants or of immigrant descent), Bishop Arborelius played a key role in ensuring the Pope’s sensitive and controversial visit to Lund last year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation went smoothly.

    A Discalced Carmelite who was received into the Catholic Church at the age of 20, he is highly regarded by many Swedish Catholics who attest to his orthodoxy.

    Despite speculation the Pope would introduce a new rule which would do away with the advised 120 limit of cardinal electors and increase the number to over 150, for now he will roughly adhere to the established practice, exceeding the limit by just one.

    Currently there are 116 cardinals eligible to vote in the next conclave. Not until next year does the next cardinal exceed the voting age for cardinals, when Italian Cardinal Antonio Vegliò turns 80 on Feb. 2.

    With the five announced today, Francis will have chosen 49 cardinal electors, close to half of the College eligible to vote in the next conclave.

    Like his predecessors, the Holy Father will be aware that with each cardinal-making consistory he calls, his stamp on the Church is likely to become more enduring.

  2. From Francis names five new cardinals, including associate of Oscar Romero
    (Joshua J. McElwee, National un-Catholic Reporter, May 21, 2017):

    [Including an unofficial and unique postulator for the cause of the assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero not to expedite the canonization process but to influence public opinion]

    All five of the new cardinals are under the age of 80, at which point cardinals can no longer vote in conclave. The youngest is Arborelius, who is 67. The oldest is Rosa Chavez, who is 74 and has served in his role in San Salvador since 1982.

    The Salvadoran prelate is known to have had a strong bond with Romero, who was shot dead while celebrating Mass in 1980. Rosa Chavez frequently travels to Salvadoran communities in other countries, including in the U.S., to celebrate Romero’s legacy.

    Romero was archbishop of San Salvador during the bloody and tension-filled time leading up to his country’s 1979-1992 civil war. A right-wing death squad killed him one day after he gave a sermon calling on soldiers to stop enforcing his government’s policies of oppression.

    While the cause for Romero’s sainthood lingered under the pontificates of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Francis has sought to bring it forward. The slain archbishop was beatified, the last step before sainthood, in May 2015.

  3. Posted by Oakes Spalding on 5/22/17

    Cardinal Designate Omella Hosted Symposium on Accompaniment – “Populism must be dismantled”

    Archbishop of Barcelona, Juan Jose Omella, one of the five new cardinals-to-be, chosen yesterday by Pope Francis, recently hosted a symposium on “accompaniment.” Omella defined it as “being open to new horizons, proposals and ways to explore.”

    Omella also declared: “Populism must be dismantled.”

    From the Spanish journal, Alpha y Omega, March 28, 2017 (cleaned up Google translation):

    Cañizares and Omella: “Populism must be dismantled”

    A meeting in Barcelona organized by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences on the accompaniment of young people, encouraged “transparency, truth and solidarity.”

    The theme of the symposium that began in Barcelona on Tuesday is the accompaniment of young people. The meeting, organized by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), has as its context a Europe that seems to show weakness, threatened by a populism that wants to divide it and that can seduce so many young people. This theme had a special weight on the first day.

    …The Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia and Vice-President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Antonio Cañizares, and the host, the Archbishop of Barcelona, ​​Juan Jose Omella, in a brief meeting with the press before starting the symposium, referred to the need to “dismantle the untruths of populism,” in the words of Cañizares. Omella added that it is necessary to dismantle the atmosphere of lies and corruption in society, that is, to bet on “transparency, truth and solidarity and to dismantle populisms”…

    …Omella said in his presentation that the Church is facing the challenge of accompaniment, which is nothing more than “being able to help extract the best from each of those we accompany, helping them to discover the mystery of which they are bearers, and initiate them in the art of discernment concerning the will of God.” He made three proposals: to walk in a sincere dialogue, “which implies being open to new horizons, proposals and ways to explore, as well as the search for good practices”; that dialogue leads to concrete proposals; and that it takes place under the guidance of the Holy Spirit…

    At the congress, a message from Pope Francis was delivered through the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, in which he encouraged reflection on the challenges of evangelization and the accompaniment of young people, such that they can “be convinced carriers of the joy of the Gospel to all environments.”

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