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NEW CARDINALS: First Comboni Missionary Cardinal

Pope Francis announced the names of 13 new cardinals from around the world, saying they represent the missionary vocation of the Church. They will be made cardinals at a consistory in the Vatican on 5 October.

One among them is Spanish Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and member of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. 

Speaking to Vatican News the 67-year old bishop expressed his “deep gratitude” to the Holy Father for nominating him a cardinal.  He said he was surprised and obviously moved because it was unexpected.

“The future of humanity,” the Comboni missionary bishop explained, “passes through inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.”  Hence, all efforts will be in continuity with all the patrimony that the Church has received from previous pontiffs since the Second Vatican Council.  It will be a dedication in promoting inter-religious dialogue in the spirit of Pope Francis, which promotes friendship and respect for every human person.   

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