NZ Archbishop becomes a Cardinal

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John Dew the Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand has been appointed the rank of Cardinal by Pope Francis and received his cardinal’s hat.

The Catholic Archbishop of Wellington has been inducted by Pope Francis in a ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, alongside 19 other archbishops from around the world.

Dew is the first New Zealander to become a cardinal since 2005, and has said he feels honoured and humbled by the appointment.

Cardinal Dew joins an elite group who decide amongst themselves who will be the next Pope after Pope Francis.

Tonga’s Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi has also been made a cardinal. This is part of the Pope’s efforts to  to appoint priests from some of the world’s poorer countries.

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