Pope names 20 cardinals, many from developing world

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Pope Francis greets the crowd from the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter's square during his Angelus prayer on January 1, 2015Pope Francis named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church’s support shifts from its traditional European stronghold. In announcing the new voting cardinals on Sunday, Pope Francis said they come “from 14 countries from every continent (and) manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome” and churches around the world. The list of newly named cardinals includes three from Africa, five from Latin America as well as a combined total of five from Asia and the Pacific. Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga becomes the first cardinal from the Polynesian archipelago.

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