Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Pope names ‘princes of the Catholic Church’

The Pope has named 24 new cardinals, putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor and giving a boost to Italian hopes to regain the papacy.

However, the Pope passed up giving a cardinal's red hat to Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who has been the Irish church's leading advocate for Catholic openness in its child-abuse scandals.

He said the new “princes of the church” will be formally elevated at a ceremony in Rome on November 20.

Key posts include Warsaw, Poland; Munich; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and the leader in Egypt of the Catholic Coptic church, who is currently heading a Vatican meeting on the plight of Christians in the Middle East.

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