Pope Francis elevates archbishops of Hyderabad and Goa to cardinal rank
Pope Francis announced on 29 May that he would create 21 new cardinals, including two from India, in a Consistory on 27 August.
It is a matter of pride for the Goans to receive such a coveted honour.
The two Cardinals from India
Archbishop Filipe Neri António Sebastião di Rosário Ferrão, (Archbishop of Goa)
Archbishop Anthony Poola, Archbishop of Hyderabad
About Father Ferrao
He was ordained as a priest on 28 October, 1979
On 12 December 2003, he was ordained as Archbishop of Goa and Daman by Pope John Paul II.
Father Ferrao was born on 20 January 1953 in the village of Aldona, near Panaji.
He graduated in Philosophy and Theology and knows Konkani, English, Portuguese, Italian, French and German languages.
About Anthony Poola
He was a native of Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh and was ordained a priest in February 1992
He was appointed as Bishop of Kurnool in 2008.
He was appointed as Archbishop of Hyderabad in 2020.
He is currently the Chairman of the Youth Commission of the Andhra Pradesh Bishops' Conference.
For the first time in history, a Telugu Archbishop has been made a cardinal.
Eight of the newly named cardinals are from Europe, six from Asia, two from Africa, one from North America, and four from Central and Latin America.
The College of Cardinals currently has 208 cardinals, of whom 117 are electors and 91 are non-electoral.
From August 27, this number will increase to 229 cardinals.
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