Pope Francis on Saturday 14 February created 20 new Cardinals in a ceremony at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica. The new Cardinals come from all the continents of the world. For the first time in the history of the Church, Cape Verde, Tonga Islands and Myanmar will also have Cardinals.
Three of the new cardinals come from Africa and these are: Ethiopian Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel who is 66 years old; Cape Verdean Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde, Arlindo Gomes Furtado, 65 and the retired Mozambican Bishop Julio Duarte Langa, the emeritus Bishop of Xai-Xai. He is 87 years old.
Speaking just before the ceremony to Vatican Radio’s English Service for Africa, the new Cardinal of Addis Ababa, Berhaneyesus Souraphiel described his nomination as a total surprise