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Breaking: Pope Francis Appoints Tanzanian, 12 Others Cardinals

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  • Catholic Pontif, Francis, on Sunday noon announced the appointment of 13 new Cardinals for the Church, among them, an African,  Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, o.f.m. cap – Archbishop of Kinshasa, Tanzanian.
  • Pope Francis read names of the prelates who will receive the red hat on October 5, the vigil of the Amazon Synod.

    After reciting the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis announced a consistory to be held on October 5, for the nomination of 10 new Cardinals, Vatican media said.
  • He said that the places where these new Cardinals come from express the missionary vocation of the Church as she continues to announce the merciful love of God to every person on earth.
    The names of the new Cardinals are: 1.  Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, mccj – President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. 2.  Archbishop José Tolentino Medonça – Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church 3.  Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo – Archbishop of Jakarta 4.  Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez – Archbishop de San Cristóbal of Havana 5.  Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, o.f.m. cap – Archbishop of Kinshasa 6.  Archbishop Jean-Claude Höllerich, sj – Archbishop of Luxembourg 7.  Bishop Alvaro L. Ramazzini Imeri – Bishop di Huehuetenamgo 8.  Archbishop Matteo Zuppi – Archbishop of Bologna. 9.  Archbishop Cristóbal López Romero, sdb – Archbishop of Rabat 10.    Father Michael Czerny, sj – Undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Development.
  • Reports also said the Pope is added two Archbishops and a Bishop who have served the Church in a distinguished way: These include: 1.  Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald – Archbishop Emeritus of Nepte. 2.  Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius, sj – Archbishop Emeritus of Kaunas 3.  Bishop Eugenio Dal Corso, psdp – Bishop Emeritus of Benguela.
  • “Let us pray for the new Cardinals so that, confirming their adhesion to Christ, they might help in my ministry as Bishop of Rome for the good of all the faithful Holy People of God,” the Pope was quoted to have said.

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Iran to Hold Memorial Services for Raisi on Tuesday

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Memorial ceremonies for President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian are planned in Iran for Tuesday.

Raisi, Amirabdollahian and seven senior Iranian officials died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

Local media reported that a ceremony is being planned in the provincial capital of Tabriz in the morning, followed by a ceremony in the religious stronghold and pilgrimage city of Qom.

The date for the funerals of the two statesmen has not yet been announced.

Raisi is to be buried in his hometown of Mashhad.

The helicopter crashed in dense fog on the mountains over East Azerbaijan Province while the deceased were travelling back from a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

  (dpa/NAN)

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Iran’s Leader Appoints 1st VP Acting President

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Monday appointed the country’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber the interim president following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

Raisi was, on Sunday, killed in the crash along with the country’s Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian and some other senior Iranian officials in the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.

Khamenei made the appointment known in a condolence message on the death of  Raisi and the others.

The leader described Raisi as a popular, capable, hard working and indefatigable President, expressing  sadness at the “bitter news of his martyrdom”.

Khamenei said that, according to Article 131 of Iran’s Constitution, the first vice president would be appointed at the helm of the executive arm.

He said that the first vice president was duty-bound to, in cooperation with the parliament speaker and the judiciary chief, make arrangements for election of a new president within 50 days.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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All 9 Victims in Iranian Helicopter Crash Identified

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The Iranian government said that all the nine people killed in Sunday’s helicopter crash have now been identified.

A high-ranking government representative told the Iranian news agency Tasnim, that  in spite of the  severe burns, the identities of all occupants in the helicopter were established on Monday .

Their bodies have since been transferred to Tabriz, the capital of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province.

State media had previously confirmed the deaths of all nine occupants of the helicopter, including  president Ebrahim Raisi and foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.

The chopper crashed while they were travelling back from a meeting with the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

A senior imam from Tabriz who led the Friday prayers in the city was on the aircraft.

Tasnim reported that the imam was alive for about an hour after the crash and was able to contact the presidential office before succumbing to his injuries.(dpa/NAN)

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