VATICAN: Archbishop of Karachi Joseph Coutts was elevated as Cardinal by Pope Francis.
He is one of the 14 Catholic churchmen from five continents who were promoted to the rank of cardinal.
Born on July 21, 1945, Coutts is the second Pakistani ever to be elevated to the position of Cardinal after cardinal Joseph Cordeiro. The 72-year-old priest has been serving as the Archbishop of Karachi since January 2012.
Presiding at a ceremony known as a consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis told the new cardinals that their mission was to serve the poor and the Church and not seek privileges.
Francis has now chosen 59 of the 125 cardinal electors under 80 years old who would be eligible to enter a conclave after his death or resignation. Eleven of the new cardinals are under 80.
With each future consistory, Francis will add to the number of cardinal electors he has chosen, increasing the possibility that his successor will continue his policy of a more open, inclusive and forgiving Church.