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Bishop Lucas Van Looy, S.D.B., pictured at a Vatican press conference on the family synod, Oct. 23, 2015. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Accepts Belgian Bishop’s Request Not to Be Made a Cardinal

Jun 16, 2022

Bishop Lucas Van Looy was due to receive the red hat on Aug. 27.

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke. Credit: CADEK

Being Named Cardinal Opportunity to “do my best for salvation of souls”: Nigerian Bishop

Jun 10, 2022

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, one of the two Cardinals-designate from Africa, has described his being named candidate to receive a red from Pope Francis in August as an opportunity to “continue to do my best for the salvation of souls”. 

Bishop Giorgio Marengo, Prefect of Ulaanbaatar, who will be elevated to cardinal Aug. 27, 2022. Amunra Magnus via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

47-year-old Consolata Missionary Bishop in Mongolia to Become the Youngest Cardinal

Jun 2, 2022

A Consolata missionary Bishop who has ministered in the East Asian nation of Mongolia for nearly 20 years will soon become the world’s youngest cardinal.

Newly named Cardinals from Africa: Bishop Peter Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese (left) and Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana (right). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Names 21 New Cardinals, Including Two from Africa

May 29, 2022

Pope Francis has said that he will create 21 new Cardinals, including two Bishops from Africa, one from Nigeria and the other from Ghana.

Newly named Cardinal from Nigeria, Bishop Peter Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Bishop Who “resigned” amid Sustained Opposition among 21 Newly Named Cardinals

May 29, 2022

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke who resigned in 2018 following sustained opposition to his Episcopal appointment for Nigeria’s Ahiara Diocese is among the 21 new Cardinals that Pope Francis named on Sunday, May 29.

Chilean Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez (1926-2021). Biblioteca (BCN) Congreso Nacional de Chile via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0).

Pope Francis Mourns "self-sacrificing" Cardinal Who Announced Benedict XVI’s Election

Oct 4, 2021

Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez died Oct. 3 at the age of 94.

Cardinal George Pell at the annual Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome, May 13, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal George Pell Turns 80, Loses Right to Vote in Papal Conclave

Jun 8, 2021

Cardinal George Pell turned 80 years old on Tuesday, losing his eligibility to vote in a future papal conclave.

Cardinal Antoine Kambanda receives the red hat from Pope Francis November 28, 2020. / Vatican Media.

Fostering Family “as domestic church” to Remain Priority for Rwanda’s First Cardinal

Dec 1, 2020

The new Cardinal for Rwanda, the first-ever Cardinal in the landlocked Great Rift Valley East African nation, will continue to prioritize family apostolate in what he considers the rebuilding of “internal structures” that the country requires.

Pope Francis creates new cardinals at a consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Two Cardinals-designate Will Be Absent from Nov. 28 Consistory, Vatican Confirms

Nov 23, 2020

The Vatican confirmed Monday that two cardinals-designate will not receive their red hats from Pope Francis in Rome this Saturday, November 28.

Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese, the only African Prelate among the 13 new Cardinals who were named Sunday, October 25.

“It was a big surprise for me, I did not expect it”: Rwanda’s First Cardinal-elect

Oct 26, 2020

Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese, the only African Prelate among the 13 new Cardinals who were named Sunday, October 25 has described his appointment as “a big surprise” beyond his expectation.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Raises Cardinal Tagle to New Rank of Cardinal Bishop

May 1, 2020

Pope Francis has raised Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the rank of cardinal bishop in a new sign of his esteem for the former Archbishop of Manila.

Pope Francis with Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Dean of Cardinals, Sets 5-Year Term Limit

Dec 21, 2019

Pope Francis Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Sodano as dean of the College of Cardinals and declared that the position will now have a five-year term limit with the possibility of renewal.

Pope Francis waves in St. Peter's Square May 8, 2019. Credit: Lucia Ballester/CNA.

Two New African Cardinals among the 13 to be Appointed in October

Sep 1, 2019

Pope Francis announced Sunday he will create 13 new cardinals, from every part of the world, in a consistory Oct. 5. Among them are 10 who are elegible to vote in a future conclave.