Pope Francis Swears-in Nigeria Priest Peter Okpaleke As Cardinal Of The Roman Catholic Church (Photos)

The Bishop of Ekwulobia-Nigeria, Peter Eberechukwu Okpaleke (59 years old), has been sworn in as a Cardinal by Pope Francis.

He was one of 20 new cardinals sworn in on Saturday by the Catholic church.

Of the new crop of cardinals, 16 will be able to participate in the conclave that will eventually choose Pope Francis’s successor. The other five are over the age of 80 making the title mostly an honorary one.

Each of the new cardinals, including Peter Cardinal Okpaleke of Nigeria approaches Pope Francis to receive their biretta, their cardinal’s ring & the assignment of a “titular” church in Rome,making them part of the Roman clergy.

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, Bishop of Ekwulobia (Nigeria), is created Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Martiri dell’Uganda a Poggio Ameno.

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