Pope names six new cardinals
on 24/10/2012 21:03:58
Benedict made the surprise announcement during his weekly general audience today and said they would be elevated at a consistory on November 24.
The nominations help even out the geographic distribution of cardinals, which had leaned heavily towards Italy.
The new cardinals are: Milwaukee native Archbishop James Harvey, the American prefect of the Pope's household; John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria; Ruben Salazar Gomez, Archbishop of Bogota, Colombia; Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines; Bechara Boutros Rai, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in Lebanon; and Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, the major Archbishop of the Trivandrum of the Siro-Malankaresi in India.