5 new Cardinals to be named in June, say Pope

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Vatican City: Pope Francis announced on Sunday that a consistory would be held at the end of June to name five new cardinals, including the Archbishop of Barcelona, Juan Jose Omella.

The College of Cardinals is to meet on June 28, and the following day, when the feast of St. Peter and Paul is celebrated, Mass is to be held with the new cardinals, said the Pope.

The new cardinals that are to be named alongside the Archbishop of Barcelona are the auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chávez; the Archbishop of Bamako, Jean Zarbo; the Archbishop of Stockholm, Anders Arborelius; and the Vicar Apostolic of Pakse, Louise-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Efe news reported.

All of them are under the age of 80, meaning they would be eligible to vote should a new conclave be held.

This is the fourth consistory celebrated by the Pontiff, after the latest was held on November 19 in which he named 17 new cardinals, 13 of whom were under 80.

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