Pope Names Archbishop Of Osaka As Cardinal

Pope names archbishop of Osaka as cardinal

Pope Francis has appointed a Japanese archbishop as one of 14 new cardinals.

The pope announced the names in an address at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican on Sunday. Archbishop of Osaka Manyo Maeda was among them.

The 69-year-old Maeda will be the 6th Japanese cardinal and the first in 9 years to serve the post.

Maeda became a priest in 1975 and the Archbishop of Osaka in 2014.

The new cardinals will officially assume their posts on June 29th.

Cardinals are the 2nd highest-ranking clerics in the Roman Catholic Church after the pope. They mainly serve as the pontiff's top advisors.

There are said to be about 110 cardinals around the world who are under 80, giving them the right to vote at a conclave to elect a new pope.