Themorningbellbd.com desk, October 10: Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario, the highest ranked priest of the Roman Catholic Church in Bangladesh, has been promoted to a cardinal on Sunday, reports Reuters.
Cardinals, who wear red hats and are known as “princes of the Church,” are the most senior members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy after the pope and serve as his principal advisers around the world and in the Vatican.
Archbishop D’Rozario is 73-year-old, thus making him eligible to succeed the incumbent pope one day.
Cardinals under 80, known as cardinal-electors, can enter a secret conclave to choose a new pope from their own ranks after Francis dies or resigns. Francis, the former cardinal-archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected in a conclave on March 13, 2013.
Archbishop D’Rozario is a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and was ordained priest in 1972. In 1990, he became bishop of Rajshahi, and in 1995 the bishop of Chittagong.
In November 2010 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dhaka by Pope Benedict XVI.
Along with Archbishop D’Rozario, Pope Francis on Sunday promoted 16 other Roman Catholic prelates from around the world to rank of cardinal, including 13 who are under 80 years old.
Naming new cardinals is one of the most significant powers of the papacy, allowing a pontiff to put his stamp on the future of the 1.2bn-member global Church.
The other cardinal-electors come from Italy, the Central African Republic, Spain, the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Belgium, Mauritius, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.