Vatican City, 29 May, 2022 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has said that he will create 21 new Cardinals, including two Bishops from Africa, one from Nigeria and the other from Ghana.
Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square after reciting the Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday, May 29, the Holy Father announced that he will hold a Consistory in August during which he will create the new Cardinals.
“On Saturday, 27 August, I will hold a Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals. Let us pray that they will help me in my mission as Bishop of Rome for the good of all God's people,” Pope Francis said May 29.
Bishop Peter Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese, and Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana are the two newly named Cardinals from Africa.
The list of the new Cardinals includes eight from Europe, six from Asia, four from Central and Latin America, and one from North America. Five of the newly named Cardinals are over the age of 80.