Three more Africans Archbishops named as Cardinals
Just weeks after Pope Benedict appointed Archbishop Robert Sarah (above) as President of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, he has now indicated that at a Consistory on 20 November 2010 the Cor Unum President will become a Cardinal. Announcing his intention to hold the third Consisotry of his Pontificate, Pope Benedict said that “Cardinals have the task of helping Peter’s Successor carry out his mission as permanent and visible source and foundation of the Church’s unity of faith and communion”.
Others African bishops to be appointed Cardinals are Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, DR Congo and the Archbishop-emeritus of Lusaka, Archbishop Medardo Joseph Mazombwe.
Cardinal-elect Sarah is the second African appointed by Pope Benedict to lead a Vatican Dicastary. Cardinal Turkson from Ghana was appointed as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009.
Cor Unum works to provide assistance, in the Pope’s name, for humanitarian relief or to promote projects and initiatives for integral human development. The Council is also responsible for encouraging and coordinating the initiatives of Catholic organizations throughout the world. Its offices are in the Palazzo San Callisto in Rome.
Earlier this year Archbishop Sarah criticised Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi’s call for Islam to become the religion of all of Europe, labelling it disrespectful to the Pope and Catholic Italy. He said at the time: “To speak of the European continent converting to Islam makes no sense because it is the people alone who decide consciously to be Christian, Muslim or to follow other religions.”
Before his appointment as Secretary of CEP in 2001, Archbishop Sarah was the Archbishop of Conakry, Guinea (1979 – 2001).
The SMA wishes Archbishop Sarah every blessing in his new ministry and assures him of our prayers and support.