- May 10, 2021
With a consistory to approve the canonization of seven saints as a backdrop, eight cardinals — including U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke — moved from the rank of cardinal deacons to the rank of cardinal priests.
South Korean Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, retired archbishop of Seoul, died April 27 at the age of 89.
Cardinal Sebastian Koto Khoarai, the first and only cardinal from Lesotho, died April 17 at the age of 91 in Mazenod, Lesotho.
Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy died on Saturday at the age of 96.
Cameroon’s Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi on April 3 at the age of 91.
Swiss Cardinal Henri Schwery, whose diocese was home to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s priestly society, died Jan. 7 at the age of 88.
Highlighting the role cardinals play in assisting the pope to govern the church, Pope Francis has given the newest group of cardinals their assignments as members of Vatican congregations and councils.
Despite quickly shifting travel restrictions in place during the global pandemic, the majority of cardinals-designate were planning to attend the Vatican ceremony to receive their red hats and cardinal’s rings.