On Sunday, Oct. 9, Pope Francis- the religious leader of the world’s Catholic Christians announced has promoted 17 Roman Catholic prelates from around the world to the high rank of cardinal, including 13 who are under 80 years of age and thus eligible to succeed him one day. Pope Francis is well known for his passion for the peripheries of the world, which is often reflected in the way he names new cardinals, and that’s certainly the case with his choice of Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Out of a total population of 153 million, which is overwhelmingly Muslim, the Catholic community in Bangladesh is estimated at around 350,000, making it basically .2 percent of the nation’s people. Francis, however, famously does not measure significance by the usual worldly standards, and his choice of the 73-year-old D’Rozario is a classic case in point. As a semi-comic footnote, D’Rozario told he wasn’t given a heads-up about the announcement on Sunday and was celebrating a late afternoon Mass when it came, so most of his flock knew about 90 minutes before he did.

Source: First-ever cardinal from Bangladesh calls appointment both blessing and challenge | daily-sun.com

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