Pope Francis on Saturday put in 13 new cardinals, together with the primary African-American to carry the excessive rank.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, solely 10 friends per cardinal had been allowed in St. Peter’s Basilica throughout the ceremony, generally known as a consistory.
Nine of the 13 cardinals are eligible underneath Church legislation to decide on the subsequent pope from amongst themselves. The 9 new electors come from Italy, Malta, Rwanda, the United States, the Philippines, Chile, Brunei and Mexico.
Francis has to date appointed 18 cardinals from creating international locations. Brunei and Rwanda received their first cardinals in Saturday’s consistory.
Wilton Gregory, the 72-year-old archbishop of Washington, DC, turned the primary African-American cardinal. He didn’t come from a Catholic background, however transformed as a baby after he started attending a Catholic grammar college in Chicago.
Gregory has served for years because the archbishop of Atlanta till final yr, when the pontiff made him the primary African-American archbishop of Washington. In current months, he has urged the church’s leaders to enhance race relations.
As a COVID measure, the brand new cardinals had been quarantined for about 10 days of their rooms within the Vatican visitor home.