Pope appoints Portuguese-speaking cardinals

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Valentine’s day will be have a whole new special meaning for Lisbon patriarch, Manuel Clemente and Cape Verde’s, Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado.

Seems like they have both found favour with the Pope as he has appointed them as cardinals with voting rights to elect the leader of the Catholic Church.

Their appointment takes place on 14 February this year.

This now means that there are now seven Portuguese-speaking cardinals with voting rights. That excludes another 10 Portuguese-speaking cardinals who do not have voting rights.

“The bishop of Santiago, Arlindo Gomes Furtado, is the first Cape-Verdean cardinal. Born on 4 October 1949, he studied theology in Portugal before returning to Cape Verde where he was ordained as a priest in 1976, and then as a bishop in 2004,” according to The Portuguese News Online.

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