List of the New Cardinals

The consistory had been announced on 31 Oct 2013 to be held on 22 Feb 2014. This will be the first consistory to create new cardinals by Pope Francis. The following will be added to the College of Cardinals at that time:
16 Cardinal Electors:

  • Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State; Age: 59.1
  • Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops; Age: 73.4
  • Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Age: 66.1
  • Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy; Age: 72.5
  • Vincent Gerard Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, England, Great Britain; Age: 68.3
  • Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua; Age: 65.0
  • Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, I.S.P.X., Archbishop of Québec, Canada; Age: 56.6
  • Jean-Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Age: 68.2
  • Orani João Tempesta, O. Cist., Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Age: 63.7
  • Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy; Age: 71.9
  • Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Age: 66.2
  • Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, Korea (South); Age: 70.2
  • Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B., Archbishop of Santiago de Chile; Age: 72.1
  • Philippe Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Age: 69.1
  • Orlando Beltran Quevedo, O.M.I., Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines; Age: 74.9
  • Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes, Haïti; Age: 55.2
    Plus 3 Cardinals already over the age of 80:
  • Loris Francesco Capovilla, Prelate Emeritus of Loreto, Italy; Age: 98.4
  • Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, C.M.F., Archbishop Emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela, Spain; Age: 84.2
  • Kelvin Edward Felix, Archbishop Emeritus of Castries, Saint Lucia, Antilles; Age: 81.0

the list with links to biographies, etc.

Interesting list, glad to see Archbp Muller in there.

Happy that Archbishop Muller was chosen.

Hm no females…

WOW, one of them is only 55. That’s young.

Here is one analysis of the new cardinal selectees:

*Nine months into his papacy, Francis has sought to shift the tone of the church, with a special focus on helping the poor. On Sunday, he named cardinals from small, poor countries like Haiti, Burkina Faso, Nicaragua and Ivory Coast. He also named a second cardinal for the Philippines, a heavily Catholic nation struggling to recover from a devastating typhoon.

“The idea is definitely to move to the south,” said Alberto Melloni, a prominent Vatican historian.*

*Francis also used his appointments to send unequivocal signals about the curia, the Italian church and the pastoral style he favors. In the past, winning appointment to lead a powerful department in the Roman Curia often meant that the red hat of cardinal would follow.

Francis instead overlooked several department heads. Of the four curial officials he did select, three are allies that he has named to key positions, including Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the second-in-command at the Vatican.*

With all due respect, can I address you, and this whole thread?

We are mostly all Americans. No Americans were chosen, and apart from Muller and perhaps Vincent Nichols (who both have very high name recognition… for lack of a better term), we don’t know who any of these men are.

So, because we won’t know who they are, I suggest that we wait for good Catholic media to give us the analysis.

Let us please not turn to the New York Times to interpret Pope Francis’ first consistory. The secular media is going to get this consistory wrong… probably even moreso than it got the conclave wrong. Remember? No one even mentioned Jorge Bergoglio’s name!

So, if we’re going to post links of analysis on these men that (almost all of us) probably don’t know… let them be links from Catholic media.


Rocco Palmo, of Whispers in the Loggia, is a reliable Catholic source. Here is some of his analysis:

*In another notable feature of the slate, for the first time since Blessed John Paul’s first class in 1979, no US prelate has made the cut, but that’s little surprise – as previously noted, the Stateside church’s traditional complement of cardinals is fully topped up, with none of the 11 electors from these shores set to turn 80 until 2015.

That said, the lone North American to get the call – Cardinal-designate Gérald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec – spent the bulk of his formative years in New Hampshire, graduating from Manchester’s Trinity High School and St Anselm’s College before a meteoric rise that, at 53, saw him launched into the helm of the oldest diocese north of the Rio Grande.

For the Italian church, meanwhile, as reports in Rome have tipped for days, Papa Bergoglio has touched off yet another earthquake by passing over the heads of the historic “cardinalatial sees” of Venice and Turin both, elevating in their stead Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti, 72 – a figure said to more faithfully reflect Francis’ identikit of a shepherd with the “smell of the sheep.” One of the three regional vice-presidents of the Italian bishops conference, Bassetti becomes the first archbishop of Perugia to enter the College since the late 19th century.*

It’s interesting that Pope Francis decided to create a new Cardinalate See instead of simply following the tradition of elevating the Archbishop of Cebu, Philippines. Here is a good analysis about Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, Philippines:

Philippine cardinal architect of Asian pastoral churches
More than any other living prelate in Asia, Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo of Cotabato in the Philippines, newly appointed cardinal by Pope Francis, has advocated and designed the structures of pastoral Asian churches.
As an active participant and former Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, Quevedo has played an influential role in developing volumes of Asian pastoral statements in recent decades. He is widely respected among his Asian peers. In 1994, Quevedo was elected with the highest vote to membership in the General Council of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in Rome.

The Quevedo appointment clearly reinforces Francis’ vision of church in the Philippines and adds to the already powerful pastoral influence of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, who undoubtedly was influential in the appointment. The Quevedo appointment has special meaning because it is unprecedented for a cardinal to be named to the see of Cotabato on the island of Mindanao in the southernmost part of the Philippines.

With Tagle and the 74-year-old cardinal-elect Quevedo as Philippine cardinals, the Asian nation with the largest population of Catholics is solidly in the hands of bishops who advocate the need to build a church of the poor.

Read it all:

Catholic News Agency, a reliable source affiliated with EWTN, had this to say about the new cardinals:

New cardinals highlight Global South, pastoral experience
Of the 16 voting cardinals, nine come from South America, Africa, and Asia, thus increasing the weight of the “Global South” in the college of cardinals.

There are only three cardinals from the “north of the world” who administer dioceses, while four officials of the Roman Curia are being appointed by virtue.

Archbishops Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State; Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy; and Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, all receive the cardinalate by virtue of their office, according to “Pastor bonus,” the document governing the Curia.*

In choosing his first round of cardinals, Pope Francis wanted to highlight the pastoral experience, it seems.

Pope Francis’ appointments also give strong signals against careerism in the Church, and clericalism.

There is more information, explaining those points, at the link.


Pope discourages lavish celebration for new cardinals