From the desk of Our Daddy Benedict 16; Cardinals are equal to tasks.

The new cardinals

(Photo, Pope Benedict with Msgr Domenico Bartolucci, director-emeritus of the Sistine Choir, from Italy, one of the 24 new cardinals he named today. By naming Bartolucci, who is over 80 and will not be able to vote in a conclave, the Pope showed his appreciation for the music of the Italian maestro)

Precisely at noon today in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict ended weeks of speculation about a possible consistory, and announced he will hold a Consistory to create 24 new cardinals, 20 under age 80 and so eligible to vote in a papal conclave, and four over age 80, on November 20, one month from now.

1. Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Italy
2. Antonio Naguib, patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Egypt
3. Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Guinea (Africa)
4. Francesco Monterisi, archpriest of St Paul's Outside the Walls, Italy
5. Fortunato Baldelli, major penitentiary of the Roman Church, Italy
6. Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, USA
7. Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Switzerland
8. Paolo Sardi, pro-Patron of the Order of Malta, Italy
9. Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Italy
10. Velasio DePaolis CS, prefect for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See (& papal delegate to the Legionaries of Christ), Italy
11. Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Italy
12. Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, archbishop-emeritus of Lusaka, Zambia
13. Raul Eduardo Vela Chiliboga, archbishop-emeritus of Quito, Ecuador
14. Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Zaire
15. Paolo Romeo, archbishop of Palermo, Italy
16. Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, USA
17. Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil
18. Kazmierz Nycz, archbishop of Warsaw, Poland
19. Malcolm Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka
20. Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany

Those over age 80:

21. Archbishop Jose Manuel Estepa Llaurens, Military Ordinary-emeritus of Spain, Spain
22. Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president-emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Italy
23. Msgr Walter Brandmuller, president-emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for Historical Sciences, Germany
24. Msgr Domenico Bartolucci, director-emeritus of the Sistine Choir, Italy

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Augustus and Most Rev Dr. Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Vennice Diocese USA
@ Ave Maria University USA

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