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16 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana New cardinals slightly change international mix of By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) i When Pope John Paul II announced he was creating 20 new cardinals, he highlighted their international mix. But when the churchmen receive their red cardinal's hats in late February, the national mix of the College of Cardinals will change only slightly from what it was the day before he announced the new names from 60 countries to 62. Taiwan will have representa- tion because of the nomination of Bishop Paul Shan Kuo-hsi of Kaohsiung. Tanzania joins the list of nations with cardinals after the nomination of Arch- bishop Polycarp Pengo of Dar- es-Salaam. The two appointments also increase the number of coun- tries with cardinals under age 80 and eligible to vote in a papal conclave. Fifty-three countries had "cardinal-electors" when the pope made his announce- ment fan. 18; 55 countries will have electors after the 20 cardi- nals-designate take their place in the college. Avvenire, the Italian Catholic newspaper, highlighted one particular statistical curiosity: the naming of Cardinal-desig- nate Dino Monduzzi, the 75- year-old prefect of the Papal Household, brings to nine the number of cardinals over the lst four centuries who were born in the northern Italian town of Brisighella. Church bells in the town of 7,700 people rang out with joy after the pope's announcement, Awenire reported. Bishop Mon- duzzi will join his fellow towns- man, Cardinal Achille Silvestri- ni, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern-Rite Churches, in the current college membership. The Feb. 21 consistory will be the seventh ceremony at which Pope John Paul has created car- dinals, bringing the total num- ber of churchmen he has hon- ored with a red hat up to 157. Twenty-three of the cardinals he has inducted into the college since 1979 have died. Pope John Paul's announce- ment that he was nominating an additional two cardinals "in pectore," or secretly, brings to three the number of prelates he has honored in that way. In May 1979 he announced one cardinal "in pectore." It wasn't until May 1991 that he could reveal publicly the identity of his secret choice -- Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin-mei of Shanghai, who received his red hat during a consistory one month later. After the February consistory, there will be 123 cardinal-elec- tors, 106 -- 86 percent -- of whom were named to the col- lege by Pope John Paul. All the other electors were named car- dinals by Pope Paul VI. Of the 43 cardinals who will be over 80 on the date of the consistory, only retired Cardi- nals Franz Konig of Vienna and Raul Silva Henriquez of Santia- go, Chile, were named to the College of Cardinals by Pope John XXIII. Cardinal Konig has been in the college since December 1958. Cardinal Silva received his red hat in 1962. Pope John Paul, as the arch- bishop of Krakow, received his red hat in 1967 from Pope Paul. The youngest member of the college will remain Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, who turned 52 in September. He has been a cardinal since 1994. The only other members of the college still in their 50s will be three named Jan. 18: Cardi- nals-designate Christoph Schon- born of Vienna, who turned 53 Jan. 22; Pengo, who was 53 in August; and Carrera of The bt are in their late 60s! On the day avera tors will be The tors in the will not be what it was in 1994 John Paul last The regional Feb. 21 will be: About 45 pean. About 19 American. Just over About 10 American. Just unde African ........ Just Over Oceania, which tralia, New South Pacific. The the most cardinals New U.S. Cardinals bring total to twelve - eleven active WASHINGTON (CNS)  Pope John Paul II's naming of two new cardinals from the United States Jan. 18 brought the num- ber of living U.S. cardinals to 12. Eleven of those are under 80 and would be eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope. Archbishop Francis E. George of Chica- go and the president of the Pontifical Coun- cil for the Laity, former Denver Archbishop J. Francis Stafford, were the new Americans named. nals eligible to vote in a conclave. He is 93- year-old retired Cardinal John J. Carberry of St. Louis. Of the nine currently active U.S. cardi- nals, only Cardinal William W. Baum has ever voted in a conclave. Named a cardinal in 1976 when he was archbishop of Wash- ington, he voted in the two conclaves in 1978 at whichPopes John Paul I and II were elected. He now heads the Vatican's Apos- tolic Penitentiary, a special court that can absolve individuals from sins or censures They were among 20 new cardinals from that are reserved to the Holy See. around the world that the pope plans to ele- The other current members of the college vate t .; from the United States are Cardinals: John J. O'Connor of New York. Edmund C. Szoka, former archbishop of Detroit and president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. Cardinal-designate George, who turned 61 Jan. 16, will become the youngest of the U:S. cardinals. Cardinal Mahony, who turns 62 Feb. 27, has been the youngest. At 65, Cardinal-designate Stafford will become third-youngest U.S. Cardinal. The oldest still active is Cardinal O'Connor, who turned 78 Jan. 15. Some would count Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, among the Americans, since Puerto Rico isa US. Vatican's regions, Bernard F. Law of Boston. Ed. L. Lee  Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612  Peop.les I rusi Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY JASPER 482-1200 Priests, religious and lay leaders are planning new ways to se.rve the People of God00in southwestern Indiana. In just a few only 44 priests will be ............... .................. :(),-sewe' the ('atholic community. In the months ahead, the Message will publish stories aimed to answer the following questions: What plans will be made in your parish? Where have "clusters" of parishes succeeded? What are churches doing in other parts of the country? Don't miss a single issue of the "new" Message. Subscribe today. Envelopes may be available at your parish, or in the Jan. 23 issue of the Message. Or, simply send your name and address with $18.50 to: The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Italy with 41, electors. United including 11 Brazil will be electors. 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