South Sudanese Archbishop Whose Transfer was Resisted among 21 Newly Named Cardinals

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin (left), Archbishop Stephen Brislin (center) and Archbishop Protase Rugambwa (right) among the 21 cardinals named by Pope Francis on July 9, 2023.

The Local Ordinary of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, whose transfer to the country’s only Metropolitan See was resisted amid multiple protest letters is among the new Cardinals that Pope Francis has named.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin is among the 21 Catholic Church leaders, to be made Cardinals during the next Consistory, which the Holy Father said would take place on September 30.

Other new Cardinals from Africa include Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town in South Africa, and Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, the former Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization, who was appointed the Coadjutor Archbishop for Tanzania’s Tabora Archdiocese on April 13.

Pope Francis announced the new Consistory from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square after reciting the Angelus prayer on Sunday, July 9.

The list of the new Cardinals also includes nine from Europe, three from Asia, five from Central and Latin America. Three of the newly named Cardinals are over the age of 80.


Here is the full list of those named Cardinals:

Archbishop Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town (South Africa)

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla, Archbishop of Juba (South Sudan)

Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, Coadjutor Archbishop of Tabora (Tanzania)

Archbishop Robert Francis Prevost, prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy

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Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, Apostolic Nuncio to Italy

Bishop Stephen Chow Sau-yan, S.J., Bishop of Hong Kong


Archbishop José Cobo Cano, Archbishop of Madrid (Spain)

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, prefect of the Dicastery for the Oriental Churches

Archbishop Ángel Sixto Rossi, Archbishop of Córdoba (Argentina)

Archbishop Luis Rueda Aparicio, Archbishop of Bogotá (Colombia)

Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, Archbishop of Lodz (Poland)

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Bishop Sebastian Francis, Bishop of Penang (Malaysia)

Bishop François-Xavier Bustillo, Bishop of Ajaccio (France)

Bishop Américo Emanuel Alves Aguiar, Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon (Portugal)

Father Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesian Order

Three of those named Cardinals are over the age of 80. They include:

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, apostolic nuncio

Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez, Archbishop Emeritus of Cumanà

Father Luis Pascual Dri, OFM Cap., Confessor at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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