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Pope Names 15 New Cardinals Reflective of Diversity of the Faithful

Jan 05, 2015 - The New York Times

VERBANIA, Italy -- Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals from 14 countries on Sunday, continuing his efforts to diversify the church hierarchy and extend the global reach of the church.

Many of the new bishops and archbishops come from the developing world, including countries like Myanmar, Tonga and the Cape Verde islands that have never had a cardinal, Vatican officials said. In all, nine of those named Sunday come from developing countries.

It is a group representing ''every contine...