Pope Francis names three US prelates cardinals

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Pope Francis named three Americans to receive the red hat in a consistory to take place on Nov. 19.

The three, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, CSsR of Indianapolis and Bishop Kevin Farrell, former bishop of Dallas, who the pope recently appointed to head the new Vatican Office (Dicastery) of Laity, Family, and Life.

In all Pope Francis announced 17 new cardinals; 13 under the age of 80 meaning they are eligible to vote in the election of a new pope.

They come from 10 countries, including seven countries that do not now have any cardinals. The youngest is 49 year-old Dieudonee Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic, a country that has never been represented with a cardinal.

For the Religion News Service (Oct. 10, 2016) by David Gibson, click here.

For the Crux (Oct. 10, 2016) report by Austin Invereigh, click here.

For the National Catholic Reporter (Oct. 9, 2016)summary by Joshua McElwee, click here.

For an analysis by Gerard O’Connell of America magazine (Oct. 9, 2016), click here.