Pope Francis set to appoint new cardinals next month

Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, June 30, 2019. Picture taken June 30, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis announced that he will elevate 13 prelates to the rank of cardinal next month, including 10 “cardinal electors” under 80 years old, who will be eligible to vote in an eventual conclave to choose his successor.

During the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis said that the Papal Consistory will take place on October 5.

The Cardinals nominated hail from countries including Indonesia, Cuba, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Their origin expresses the missionary vocation of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people on earth,” Pope Francis said.

Among those to be elevated to cardinal is Canadian Jesuit Fr. Michael Czerny, the head of the Migrants and Refugees section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Spanish Archbishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, prefect of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; and Portuguese Archbishop José Tolentino Mendonca, librarian of the Holy Roman Church, are also set to become cardinals.

Others include Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta in Indonesia, Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Archbishop Cristobal Lopez Romero of Rabat in Morocco.