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Pope Francis appoints two African cardinals

Pope Francis appoints two African cardinals

TWO Africans are among the select group of leading Catholic Bishops who were appointed as Cardinals by Pope Francis at the weekend, raising speculation that the next Pope may be from Africa. The new Cardinals are Peter Eberechukwu Okpaleke of Ekwulobia, in the Eastern region of Nigeria and Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr from Ghana. Okpaleke and Baawobr joined the College of Cardinals which had 229 Cardinals. He now becomes the fourth Cardinal from Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa. A total of 131 of the new Cardinals will elect the successor to Pope Francis. In 2010, Baawobr became the…
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