Pope Francis has appointed 13 new cardinals. The ceremony had to be completely different than before. The reason for this is the corona pandemic.
In a ceremony that was unusual for the Vatican in view of the corona pandemic, Pope Francis appointed 13 men from all parts of the world as cardinals. The head of the Catholic Church warned them on Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome not to stray from the right path. “Let’s think of the many types of corruption that exist in priestly life,” he said. Then one is no longer a priest who is close to the people.
Because of the crisis: fewer participants in St.
Unlike the other large-scale ceremonies, this time there were only around two hundred participants and cardinals in St. The believers and cardinals sat on individual chairs and with face masks at a distance from one another to protect against the corona virus. Some were switched on via video on a screen. The traditional embrace of the cardinals was also canceled.
Two cardinals could not personally come to their so-called creation due to current health regulations, as the Vatican announced earlier this week. Vicar Apostolic Cornelius Sim from the Southeast Asian country of Brunei and Archbishop Jose Fuerte Advincula from the Philippines had to follow their appointment from afar. They should receive their red cardinal’s biret, ring and title certificate through a papal envoy, as the news portal “Vatican News” wrote.
Many are committed to poor people
It is the seventh cardinal appointment by Francis since 2014. One of the cardinals’ main tasks is to elect a new Pope in the conclave. The survey is generally also a means for the Pope to influence the course of the Church and to influence his succession. Of the electoral cardinals, the Argentine himself appointed more than half at 73. According to media reports, many of the newcomers are committed to helping the poor, for example – a central theme of Francis’ church policy.
In addition, this year’s cardinal appointment had some innovations in store. With Sim and the Archbishop of Kigali, Antoine Kambanda, Brunei and East African Rwanda now have representatives among the cardinals. In addition, the nomination of the Archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, was the first black American to be accepted into the quorum.
There are now a total of 229 cardinals. However, only 128 are likely to take part in a papal election, as the age limit for this is 80 years. At the end of next year, six will again exceed the age limit – two of whom were appointed by Francis.
According to the Holy See, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, appointed by Francis, and the two of them under Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Reinhard Marx and Bishop Rainer Maria Woelki take part in the conclave. There are eight German cardinals in total.