Pope Francis raises 2 Indians to the rank of cardinal; The Christian community salutes a “great honor”

A major announcement by Pope Francis to elevate 21 clergymen including two Indians to the rank of cardinals has caused a wave of happiness among members of the Christian community who see this development as a “great honor”. This came after Pope Francis, during his speech on Sunday, announced that 21 clergymen would be elevated to the rank of cardinal, including two Indians.

While these two Indian Cardinals are Filipe Neri Antonio Sebastiao di Rosario Ferrao – Archbishop of Goa and Damao, and Anthony Poola – Archbishop of Hyderabad, the others each include one from Mongolia, Ghana, Nigeria, Singapore, East Timor , Paraguay and Brazil.

Meanwhile, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday expressed his joy and further congratulated Archbishop Ferrao for his elevation. Calling this a great moment for Goa, he said, “Heartfelt congratulations to Reverend Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao on being chosen as one of the 21 Cardinals by His Holiness.”

Who is Filipe Neri Antonio Sebastiao di Rosario Ferrao?

Archbishop Filipe Neri Antonio Sebastiao di Rosario Ferrao of Goa and Damao was born on January 20, 1953 in the village of Aldona in Panaji and has led the local church since 2003.

Father Ferrao, 69, had begun his religious studies at Our Lady Seminary in Saligao, then went to the Papal Seminary in Pune. He went on to earn a degree in philosophy and theology and is fluent in Konkani, English, Portuguese, Italian, French and German.

Later, he was ordained a priest on October 28, 1979, after which on December 12, 2003, he was consecrated Archbishop of Goa and Daman by Pope John Paul II.

Meanwhile, a veteran journalist, Camil Parkhe, also applauded the recognition and said it is a “great honour” for the entire Indian Christian community as they will be recognized in the presence of a significant number of church institutions across the country. country.

“He will be the first cardinal from Goa, which has a 450-year history of Christianity, and possibly also the first from Hyderabad (in Telangana). The number of cardinals in the Catholic Church should be increased in proportion to the community. population in a country. This will facilitate the election of an Indian as pope in the future,” Parkhe added.

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