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Pope Francis appoints two Indian Cardinals to the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia

Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão and Cardinal Anthony Poola

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão, the President of the CCBI, as a member of the Dicastery for Evangelization and Cardinal Anthony Poola as a member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

This appointment was made on October 7. 

Both were Filipe Neri Ferrão and Anthony Poola created the Cardinals on August 27, 2022.

Filipe Neri was appointed as the Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Via and Anthony Poola was appointed as the Cardinal-Priest of Santi Protomartiri a Via Aurelia Antica.

Cardinal Filipe Neri was born on January 20, 1953, and ordained a priest on October 28, 1979.

Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman on December 20, 1993, he received the Episcopal Ordination on April 10, 1994.

On December 12, 2003, he was appointed the Archbishop of Goa and Daman and Patriarch “ad honorem” of the East Indies and installed on March 21, 2004.

He was elected as the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, at its 31st Plenary Assembly, held in 2019 in Chennai, south India.

Cardinal Anthony Poola was born on November 15, 1961, in Chindhukur, Andhra Pradesh and ordained a priest on February 20, 1992.

He was appointed as the Bishop of Kurnool on February 8, 2008, and was ordained Bishop on April 19, 2008. was appointed as Archbishop of Hyderabad on November 19, 2020.

Source: Stephen Alathara, Deputy Secretary General, CCBI


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