Pope appoints new Cardinals

Pope Francis made a disclosure that he will create 21 new Catholic cardinals in August, 16 of whom are under 80 years old and eligible to vote for his successor.

The Pope, who made the announcement at the end of his appearance at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City, said the cardinals would resume the position on August 27.

The appointments came as the Argentine pontiff gradually shapes a less European college of cardinals.

The newly appointed include a Nigerian Bishop, Most Revd. Peter Okpaleke, who was appointed to Ahiara Diocese of Imo State by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.

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