The new cardinals’ origins from different parts of the world manifest the catholicity of the Church, spread throughout the earth.
Mauritius prelate studied for the priesthood in Ireland, while the Prefect of the new Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life was born in Dublin.
Pope outlines nature of ecclesial service to twenty new prelates.
Fourteen different countries are represented, including some that do not currently have a cardinal, and some that have never had one.
Pope Francis could name 10 new cardinal-electors or even as many as 12.
Pope warns “Whenever a worldly mentality predominates, the result is rivalry, jealousy, factions.”
By then there will be 106 cardinals under 80 who are therefore eligible to vote in a conclave.