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.
4. Archbishop Francesco Monterisi, (Italian) Archpriest at Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls.
5. Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli (Italian), Vatican official.
6. Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke (American), prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, a top Vatican tribunal.
7. Archbishop Kurt Koch, (Swiss), president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
8. Archbishop Paolo Sardi (Italian), Vatican deputy chamberlain.
9. Archbishop Mauro Piacenza (Italian) prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
10. Archbishop Velasio De Paolis (Italian), president of prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.
11. Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, (Italian) president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
12. Archbishop Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, (Zambian) of Lusaka.
13. Archbishop Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga (Ecuadorian), of Quito.
14. Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, (Democratic Republic of Congo) of Kinshasa.
15. Archbishop Paolo Romeo (Italian), of Palermo, Italy.
16. Archbishop Donald William Wuerl (American), of Washington DC, United States.
17. Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno Assis, (Brazilian) of Aparecida.
18. Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz (Polish), of Warsaw.
19. Archbishop Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don (Sri Lankan) of Colombo.
20. Archbishop Reinhard Marx (German) of Munich and Freising.
Cardinals over 80-years old:
1. Monsignor Jose’ Manuel Estepa Llaurens, (Spanish)
2. Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, (Italian)
3. Monsignor Walter Brandmuller, (German)
4. Monsignor Domenico Bartolucci, (Italian)