Pope Francis announced 21 new cardinals, including three from Argentina, one from Colombia and one from Venezuela.

Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from his window, in the Vatican, on July 9, 2023. Vatican Media (VATICAN MEDIA /)

He Pope Francisco announced this Sunday the creation of 21 new cardinalsamong these three Argentines, as the new prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith, Victor Manuel Fernandeza Venezuelan and a Colombian.

The other two Argentines are the Archbishop of Córdoba, Monsignor Ángel Sixto Rossi, and the Capuchin Luis Pascual Dri, confessor of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Pompeii but who, being over 80 years old, could not participate in an eventual conclave.

Archbishop of La Plata Víctor Manuel
The new prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith, Víctor Manuel Fernández, will become a cradenal (Vatican News)

They will also receive the purple at the consistory the Archbishop of Bogotá, the Colombian Luis Rueda Aparicioand Venezuelan Diego Padrón Sánchez, archbishop emeritus of Cumaná and also over 80 years old.

Besides, he will make cardinal the archbishop of Madrid, José Cobo Cano, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Ángel Fernández Artime, and the bishop of the French town of Ajaccio, the Spanish Francisco Javier Bustillo.

Francis announced by surprise the celebration of this new consistory after the Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace and advanced that the appointments “express the universality of the Church” because it is distributed throughout the planet.

“I am happy to announce that Next September 30 I will celebrate a Consistory for the appointment of new cardinals. Its provenance expresses the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men on earth. The inclusion of the new Cardinals in the diocese of Rome, moreover, manifests the inseparable link between the See of Peter and the particular Churches spread throughout the world”, assured the Pope.

Francis warned this Sunday of the risk that the heart “could get used to it and remain indifferent, or curious but incapable of being amazed or impressed by the works of God.” “This is the correct attitude towards the works of God: to photograph his works in the mind, so that they are imprinted in the heart, in order to reveal them in life through many gestures of good, so that the ‘photograph’ of God- love becomes more and more luminous in us and through us”, he underlined

The pontiff has continued his reflection on the Gospel, ensuring that Jesus names the inhabitants of three wealthy cities of that time: Chorazain, Bethsaida and Capernaum, where he has performed numerous cures, but whose inhabitants have remained indifferent to his preaching.

“For them, miracles have only been spectacular events, useful to be news and feed the talks; once this passing interest has been exhausted, they have been put aside, perhaps to deal with another novelty of the moment. They have not known how to welcome the great things of God”, he indicated.

However, he has praised that the little ones do know how to welcome the things of God. “The little ones are those who, like children, feel needed and not self-sufficient, are open to God and let his works amaze them. They know how to read their signs and marvel at the miracles of their love!, he has apostilled himself.