At the English site of Vatican Radio we find the names of the soon-to-be Cardinals. There is something rather odd in the list.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday announced a consistory for the creation of new Cardinals. He made the announcement at the end of the Regina Caeli in St Peter’s Square.
The new Cardinals come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador. The Consistory will take place on June 28th.
Find below the list of new Cardinal designates:
Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali.
Archbishop Juan José Omella of Barcelona, Spain.
Bishop Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, Sweden.
Archbishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun Apostolic Vicar of Paksé, Laos.
Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez – Auxillary[!] Bishop in the Archdiocese of San Salvador, El Salvador.
This is pretty strange.
My take is that Francis intends to move the now-Auxiliary Bishop almost immediately after the consistory, if not before. Remember that he made the Archbishop of Indianapolis a Cardinal and then moved him right away.
These men are all under 80, so they will be electors. Popes often name some cardinals who are over 80 as an honor. Right now there are 116 electors. Card. Vegliò, an Italian, turns 80 next February, so the College will have 121 electors for the time being.
Once again a notable American prelate is absent from the list.
Stockholm… In 2014 the Diocese of Stockholm had a population of 9.6 million, of whom 1.1% are Catholic, for some 106k Catholics, and 159 priests, both diocesan and religious. The Pope was recently in Sweden, in Lund, to celebrate Martin Luther. Arborelius played a key role in organizing the visit.
Paksé, in Communist Laos, is an Apostolic Vicariate, not a diocese. In 2014 there were 1.2 million there, with 1.3% Catholics, for a total of 15702 Catholics, and a total of 7 priests. In 2015, Pope Francis authorized the beatification of 17 Laotians “Joseph Tien and companions” killed between 1954 and 1970 by Communist Pathet Lao forces.
The Archdiocese of Bamako in 2014 had a population of 4.4 million, with 136k Catholics, 3.1% of the population, with 54 priests.