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A Canadian Among 22 New Cardinals Named by the Pope

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(VIS/CCCB - Rome/Ottawa) — His Holiness Pope John Paul II yesterday named 22 new Cardinals including the Most Reverend Aloysius M. Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto. Two of the 22 nominations were in pectore, that is, known only to the Pope.

The nomination of Cardinal-designate Ambrozic brings to five the number of Canadian Cardinals, the others being: Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal; G. Emmett Cardinal Carter, retired Archbishop of Toronto; Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, retired Archbishop of Quebec; and Edouard Cardinal Gagnon p.s.s., President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

Cardinal-designate Ambrozic was born in Gabrje, Slovenia in 1930; was ordained to the priesthood in Toronto in 1955; became Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 1976 and named Archbishop of Toronto in 1990. He holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Wurzburg in Germany, and is an active member of the CCCB serving on several committees. He is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, a member of the Congregation for the Clergy, and a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The College of Cardinals

The Apostolic Constitution Romano Pontifici Eligendo, established numerical limits for the College of Cardinals. It stated that cardinals over the age of 80 could not enter into conclave, and that the number of electors could not go beyond 120. In Canada, two of the five cardinals are "electors". They are Jean Claude-Cardinal Turcotte and Cardinal-designate Aloysius A. Ambrozic. As of January 17, 1998, the total number of cardinals in the College of Cardinals was 146: two were created by Pope John XXIII, 30 by Paul VI and 114 by John Paul II. Of these 146 members, 105 are cardinal electors.

On February 21, the date of the elevation of the 22 new cardinals, 63 countries of all continents will be represented in the College of Cardinals: Europe will have 88 cardinals, of whom 58 will be electors; America: North America 17 (13 electors); Latin America 28 (24); Africa 14 (12); Asia 15 (14) and Oceania 4 (4). The dean of the College is Benin's Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. The oldest member is Cardinal Ignatius Gong Pin-mei, born on August 2, 1901. The youngest is Cardinal Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Vrhbosna, Sarajevo, born September 8, 1945. The cardinals-designate are:

  • ARCHBISHOP JORGE ARTURO MEDINA ESTEVEZ, emeritus of Valparaiso, Chile, pro-prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments;
  • ARCHBISHOP ALBERTO BOVONE, pro-prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
  • ARCHBISHOP DARIO CASTRILLON HOYOS, emeritus of Bucaramanga, Colombia, pro-prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy;
  • ARCHBISHOP LORENZO ANTONETTI, pro-president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See;
  • ARCHBISHOP JAMES FRANCIS STAFFORD, emeritus of Denver, U.S.A., president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity;
  • ARCHBISHOP SALVATORE DE GIORGI, of Palermo, Italy;
  • ARCHBISHOP SERAFIM FERNANDES DE ARAUJO, of Belo Horizonte, Brazil;
  • ARCHBISHOP ANTONIO MARIA ROUCO VARELA, of Madrid, Spain;
  • ARCHBISHOP ALOYSIUS MATTHEW AMBROZIC, of Toronto, Canada;
  • ARCHBISHOP JEAN BALLAND, of Lyon, France;
  • ARCHBISHOP DIONIGI TETTAMANZI, of Genoa, Italy;
  • ARCHBISHOP POLYCARP PENGO, of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania;
  • ARCHBISHOP CHRISTOPH SCHONBORN, O.P., of Vienna, Austria;
  • ARCHBISHOP NORBERTO RIVERA CARRERA, of Mexico, Mexico;
  • ARCHBISHOP FRANCIS EUGENE GEORGE, O.M.I., of Chicago, U.S.A.;
  • ARCHBISHOP PAUL SHAN KUO-HSI, S.J., of Kaohsiung, Taiwan;
  • ARCHBISHOP ADAM KOZLOWIECKI, S.J., missionary in Zambia;

    The Pope said: "By way of exception, then, to the numerical limit established by Pope Paul VI ..., I intend to elevate to the cardinalate three more prelates, thus manifesting my appreciation to them for the dedication with which they have served the Holy See."

  • ARCHBISHOP GIOVANNI CHELI, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples;
  • ARCHBISHOP FRANCESCO COLASUONNO, apostolic nuncio in Italy;
  • BISHOP DINO MONDUZZI, prefect of the Pontifical Household.
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