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Pope names 19 new
cardinals, none American

USA Today, by Cathy Lynn Grossman*

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Posted By:earlybird, 1/12/2014 11:04:50 AM

Pope Francis released the names of 19 new princes of the Catholic Church Sunday -- none from the United States. The list included cardinals for Burkina Faso and Haiti to show "concern for people struck by poverty," according to Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi. And the pope created new cardinalatial sees: Perugia in Italy, and Cotabato on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The consistory, scheduled for late February, will fill 13 vacant seats plus bring in three more cardinals to replace those who will turn age 80 -- too old to vote in a papal election -- by the

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*Grossman is with Religion News Service

The new cardinals and their countries are named. 16 are of voting age; 3 are older but being honored because of their contributions to the Church.




      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pwb, 1/12/2014 1:06:23 PM     (No. 9689334)

We are not a socialist country yet. We may be moving that way but we are not there yet and history tells us that the Catholic church thrives under communism and socialism and many other dictatorships.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: gerty, 1/12/2014 1:41:36 PM     (No. 9689375)

What is so ´historically´ remarkable in the light of the fact that the Catholic Church was there BEFORE communism/socialism?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jlw509, 1/12/2014 4:08:14 PM     (No. 9689494)

#1, there are no known Catholics in Bhutan(south-east of the Himalayas) the Mongolian People´s Republic and Tibet.

There are no legal Catholics in North Korea --- the world´s most totalitarian country. In China (the world´s biggest totalitarian country, there are no legal Catholics, as in, members of the Roman Catholic Church (i.e. in communion with the Pope) as opposed to being "in communion with" the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

Every Bishop in China presently loyal to the Pope, is presently in prison. The "underground" Catholics loyal to the loyalist bishops, are literally impossible to count.

The number of Catholics killed by the biggest dictatorships of the 20th century, number in the 10´s of millions.

When Vatican Radio released its estimates of how many Christians (the majority Catholics) were tortured and martyred, they counted 70,000 last year (2013), down from 100,000 the year before, and it identified only Muslims and Communists as killers.

And yes, that´s thriving: if you consider that "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church."

We´ve read the back of the Book. We know who will prevail.

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