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Francis Names 14 New 'Princes of the Church'

Newest class of cardinals will be elevated on June 29
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 20, 2018 6:33 AM CDT
Pope Francis blesses the faithful as he recites the Regina Coeli prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018. The pontiff announced he will...   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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(Newser) – Pope Francis announced on Sunday he has chosen 14 men to be the newest cardinals in the church, among them his chief aide for helping Rome's homeless and poor, as well as prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. "I am happy to announce that on June 29, I will hold a consistory (ceremony) to make 14 new cardinals," Francis said, in what Reuters frames as a surprise announcement. "The countries of provenance express the universality of the church," Francis added. Then he revealed his picks to be the latest "princes of the church," including from Africa, elsewhere in Asia, and South America, as he continues to make the College of Cardinals less European than it had been in centuries. Francis has now nominated 74 cardinals. Among the newest, per the AP:

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