Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke speaking on the occasion of the thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral of Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network.

Recent Creation of Nigerian Bishop as Cardinal Hailed as “an elevation of local Church”

Sep 11, 2022

The elevation of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese to the rank of Cardinal is a promotion of the local Church, the people of God in Nigeria, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr of Ghana's Wa Diocese. Credit: SECAM

African Cardinal Hospitalized in Rome Thankful for Prayers for “complete, full recovery”

Sep 2, 2022

The new Ghanaian Cardinal who is expected to undergo heart surgery in Rome has expressed gratitude to the people of God praying for his “complete and full recovery”.

Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr, speaking at the opening ceremony of the 19th Plenary Assembly of SECAM in Accra, Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

African Cardinal Absent at Consistory “doing well, in high spirits”: Catholic Priest

Aug 30, 2022

Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr, the new Ghanaian Cardinal who missed the August 27 Consistory due to a heart complication is “doing well and in high spirits”, the Director of Communications of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) has told ACI Africa.

Cardinal Oscar Cantoni, bishop of Como, receives the red biretta from Pope Francis at the consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Aug. 27, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Jesus is Asking, “can I count on you?”: Pope Francis during Creation of 20 New Cardinals

Aug 28, 2022

Pope Francis created 20 new cardinals for the Catholic Church during a liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica Saturday.

Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr, speaking at the conclusion Mass of their 19th Plenary Assembly at the Holy Spirit Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Accra on 31 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Appeals for Prayers for African Cardinal Absent at Consistory Due to "heart problem"

Aug 27, 2022

Pope Francis has appealed for prayers for Ghanaian Cardinal, Richard Kuuia Baawobr who missed the August 27 Consistory due to what the Holy Father termed "a heart problem".

Pope Francis holds an Ordinary Public Consistory in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, May 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

Who Will Vote for a New Pope after Francis? A Look at the Cardinals by the Numbers

Aug 25, 2022

On Aug. 27, Pope Francis will create 20 new cardinals, bringing the total number in the college to 229. 

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica Nov. 28, 2020. Vatican Media.

Who Are the New Cardinals Pope Francis Created in 2022?

Aug 24, 2022

There will be 16 cardinals under the age of 80 elevated at the next consistory, to be held Aug. 27. 

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica Nov. 28, 2020. Vatican Media.

What You Need to Know about Pope Francis' Next Consistory

Aug 17, 2022

On Saturday, Aug. 27, Pope Francis will place a red biretta on the heads of 18 bishops and two priests, declaring them to be cardinals “to the glory of almighty God and the honor of the Apostolic See.”

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr, one of the two Cardinals-designate from Africa. Credit: ACI Africa

“I came to accept it as an invitation to serve”: Ghanaian Bishop on Being Named Cardinal

Jul 29, 2022

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr, one of the two Cardinals-designate from Africa, has described his being named candidate to receive a red hat in August as “an invitation to serve” the people of God in Ghana.

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.

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 offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 1, 2019. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

"Advent is the season for remembering the closeness of God": Pope Francis

Nov 29, 2020

On the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis recommended a traditional Advent prayer to invite God to draw close during this new liturgical year.

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Enrico Feroci Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican.

Pope Francis to New Cardinals: May the cross and resurrection always be your goal

Nov 28, 2020

Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals Saturday, November 28 urging them to remain vigilant lest they lose sight of their goal of the cross and resurrection.

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 Kigali Archdiocese among 13 new cardinals named by Pope Francis on Sunday, October 25.

African Prelate among 13 New Cardinals to be Created November 28, First-ever for Rwanda

Oct 25, 2020

Pope Francis on Sunday, October 25, named 13 new cardinals including Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese who is expected to become the first-ever Cardinal in the landlocked nation in the Great Rift Valley located at the convergence between African Great Lakes region and East Africa.

Pope Francis places the red biretta on Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot Oct. 5, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis urges new cardinals to imitate Christ’s compassionate heart

Oct 5, 2019

Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals Saturday, encouraging each of them to ask for the grace to have a compassionate heart like Christ.

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.