Pope to elevate Cotabato bishop to cardinal


Posted at Jan 12 2014 09:02 PM | Updated as of Jan 13 2014 08:19 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - A Filipino bishop is among 19 prelates to be elevated by Pope Francis to the rank of cardinal.

According to Vatican Radio, the official broadcasting service of the Vatican, Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo of Cotabato is one of the bishops who will be named cardinal in February.

Sixteen of them, including Quevedo, will be "cardinal electors," meaning they can enter a conclave to choose the next pope.

Also among those who will be named "cardinal electors" are bishops from Italy, Germany, Britain, Nicaragua, Canada, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Chile, Burkina Faso, and Haiti.

The ceremony to elevate the new cardinals, known as consistory, will be held on Feb. 22, the Pope said.

"As was previously announced, on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will name 16 new cardinals, who, coming from 12 countries from every part of the world, represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world. The following day [February 23] I will preside at a solemn concelebration with the new Cardinals, while on February 20 and 21 I will hold a Consistory with all the Cardinals to reflect on the theme of the family," the Pope announced.

The Pope also asked for prayers for the new cardinals so they can fulfill their duties for the church.

"Let us pray for the new Cardinals, that vested in the virtues and the sentiments of the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd, they might be able to help more effectively the Bishop of Rome in his service to the universal Church," he said.