List of new cardinals named by Pope Benedict
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict named 24 new Roman Catholic cardinals Wednesday, including 20 who are young enough to join the 120-member conclave that will secretly elect his successor when he dies.
Cardinals, the "princes of the Church," are a pope's closest advisers and personally named by him. They are usually archbishops of diocese or heads of influential departments at the Vatican.
"Cardinal electors," who can join the body that selects a new Pope, must be younger than 80 years old.
The cardinals will be installed in a ceremony known as a consistory on November 20.
Here is a list of the names:
Cardinal electors, under 80 years old:
1. Archbishop Angelo Amato (Italian), prefect of the congregation for the Causes of Saints.
2. His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, (Egyptian), Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Egypt.
3. Archbishop Robert Sarah, (Guinean), President of the Pontifical council Cor Unum, which oversees the Vatican's charity activities. Continued...