Sunday, 25 October 2020 02:53

Pope Francis names Filipino Archbishop among 13 new Cardinals


His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Jose F. Advincula of the Archdiocese of Capiz as among new Cardinals together with 12 others.

The Pope made the announcement during his Sunday Angelus in the Vatican on October 25, 2020. The new cardinals will be elevated at a consistory on November 28, 2020.

Cardinal-elect Archbishop Jose F. Advincula 

Born on March 30, 1952, in Dumalig, Capiz, Archbishop Advincula was ordained priest on April 14, 1976. He completed his studies in Theology and Canon Law at the University of Santo Tomas.

He was appointed bishop on July 25, 2000, and was consecrated on September 8, 2001. On November 9, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Archbishop of Capiz after the retirement of Archbishop Onesim Cordoncillo. He has been serving as Archbishop of Capiz since January 2012.

According to Vatican News, nine of 13 new cardinals are “younger than 80” and therefore, have the right to participate in a future conclave,” and Archbishop Advincula will be one of them. Four others are older than 80 years of age.”

Archbishop Advincula, according to CBCPNews becomes the ninth Filipino cardinal, following cardinals Orlando Quevedo, Luis Antonio Tagle, Gaudencio Rosales, Jose Sanchez, Ricardo Vidal, Jaime Sin, Julio Rosales and Rufino Santos.

He will also be among the four current Filipino cardinals, alongside Rosales, Quevedo and Tagle. Both Rosales and Quevedo are over 80 and are no longer eligible to take part in a conclave.

Here is the list of the 13 new cardinals: Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Maltese Bishop Mario Grech; Italian Bishop Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; Italian Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, who has served as the Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980; Archbishop Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago, Chile; Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Kigali, Rwanda; Archbishop Jose Fuerte Advincula of Capiz, Philippines; Bishop Cornelius Sim, Vicar Apostolic of Brunei; Archbishop Augusto Paolo Lojudice, former Rome auxiliary bishop and current Archbishop of Siena-Colle di Val d’Elsa-Montalcino, Italy; Fra Mauro Gambetti, Custos of the Sacred Convent of Assisi; Emeritus Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico; Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, Permanent Observer Emeritus to the United Nations Office and Specialized Agencies in Geneva; and Enrico Feroci, parish priest of Santa Maria del Divino Amore at Castel di Leva, Rome. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC) 

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