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Pope Francis appoints 20 new cardils

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

London, February 15: Pope Francis has appointed 20 new cardils, boosting the number of men from developing countries in the group, which would elect his successor. The new cardils include prelates (a bishop or other high ecclesiastical dignitary) from Myanmar, Tonga and Ethiopia, BBC reported on Saturday. Fifteen are under 80, making them eligible to vote for the next pope. For the first time, there are more non-Europeans in the electoral body as the Pope seeks to reflect the the global diversity of the Church. With the appointments, made during a celebration at the Vatican Saturday, the Pope has underlined his determition to change the balance of power in the Church and make it more representative. (IANS)

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