Monday, January 5, 2015

Pope Francis Appoints New Cardinals From Wherever He Feels Like

From New York Magazine-

Everyone's favorite pontiff, Pope Francis, kept the party going today by naming 20 new cardinals, 15 of whom will be eligible to elect or become his successor after his term is up. (The five guys over 80 don't get any say.) The bishops and archbishops set to join the College of Cardinals hail from 18 countries, including Italy, France, Portugal, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Mexico, Myanmar, Thailand, Uruguay, Spain, Panama, Cape Verde, and Tonga. Vatican officials pointed out that nine of those places are developing countries, while three — Myanmar, Tonga, and Cape Verde — have never had a cardinal before. (The nations most heavily represented in the College of Cardinals are Italy and the United States.)

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