A red skull cap is seen as the world's cardinals gather in St. Peter's Basilica before the start of the last conclave in this 2005 file photo. CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

22 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict

By  Catholic News Service
  • January 6, 2012

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals, including one from Canada and two from the United States, and announced a consistory for their formal induction on Feb. 18.

Among those named were Archbishop Thomas C. Collins of Toronto; Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York; and Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, a former archbishop of Baltimore who now serves as grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

The pope's nominations included 10 Roman Curia officials and 16 Europeans, confirming a trend in his cardinal appointments since his election in 2005.

With the latest appointments, Pope Benedict has named more than 50 percent of the current cardinals under the age of 80, who are eligible to vote in a conclave.

Here is the list of the 22 cardinals-designate, in the order in which Pope Benedict XVI announced them Jan. 6:

-- Canadian Archbishop Thomas C. Collins of Toronto, who will be 65 Jan. 16.

-- Italian Archbishop Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, 65.

-- Portuguese Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 73.

-- Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril Castello, archpriest of Basilica of St. Mary Major, 76.

-- Italian Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, president Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, who turns 74 Feb. 3.

-- Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, president of the commission governing Vatican City State, 69.

-- Italian Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Interpreting Legislative Texts, 73.

-- Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, 64.

-- U.S. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, 72.

-- Italian Archbishop Domenico Calcagno, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, who turns 69 Feb. 3.

-- Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Versaldi, president of Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, 68.

-- Syro-Malabar Archbishop George Alencherry of India, 66.

-- Czech Archbishop Dominik Duka of Prague, 68.

-- Dutch Archbishop Willem J. Eijk of Utrecht, 58.

-- Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Betori of Florence, 64.

-- U.S. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who will turn 62 Feb. 6.

-- German Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin, 55.

-- Chinese Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong, 72.

--Romanian Archbishop Lucian Muresan of Fagaras and Alba Julia, 80.

-- Belgian Father Julien Ries, expert on history of religions, 91.

-- Maltese Augustinian Father Prosper Grech, biblical scholar, 86.

-- German Jesuit Father Karl Josef Becker, theologian, 83.

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