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Pope appoints new members of the Council of Cardinals

Pope Francis renewed his council of advisers on Tuesday due to the expiration of the previous council's mandate.

The Council of Cardinals, also known as the 'C9,'  assist Pope Francis in governing the universal Church.

The Cardinal members of the new Council are:
Cardinals Pietro Parolin, 68, Vatican Secretary of State;
Spanish Cardinal Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, 78, President of the Governorate of Vatican City State;
Congolese Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, 63, Archbishop of Kinshasa,
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, 78, Archbishop of Bombay,
American Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, 78, Archbishop of Boston,

Spanish Cardinal Juan José Omella, 76, Archbishop of Barcelona,
Canadian Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, 65, Archbishop of Quebec,
Synod organizer Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, 64, Archbishop of Luxembourg and

Brazilian Cardinal Sérgio da Rocha, 63, Archbishop of San Salvador de Bahia.

Bishop Marco Mellino is to serve as the Secretary of the commission.

Those whose mandates were not renewed were Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, 80, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, 69, and the 80-year-old former President of the Governorate of Vatican City State, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello who has been replaced by his successor, Cardinal Fernando Vérgez Alzaga.

Pope Francis created the ‘C9’ on September 28, 2013, with the project to revise the Roman Curia.

The new Council will hold the meeting on April 24 at the Pope’s residence, Casa Santa Marta.

The last meeting was held in December 2022, with a focus on the continental stage of the ongoing synod and other topics. - With inputs from Vatican News


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