Pope plucks new cardinals from peripheries

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Pope Francis has named 17 new cardinals, 13 of whom are under 80 and thus eligible to vote in any conclave to elect his successor.

The 13 include the first cardinals from Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, the Central African Republic and Bangladesh. Another is the Belgian Archbishop Jozef de Kesel, who has been quoted as saying women’s ordination “can be discussed”.

The four over-80 cardinals include Malaysia’s first cardinal and a former political prisoner from Albania.

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