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Pope Name 15 New Cardinals, Pakistani Christians not blessed with any New Cardinal.

VATICAN CITY. February 22, 2006. Pope Benedict XVI named 15 new cardinals from USA, Hong Kong, Venezuela, South Korea, France, Spain, Philippines and Africa. There was no name from Pakistan in new announcement of cardinals which reaches total of 193.
Twelve of the 15 men are younger than 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to select Benedict`s successor.

One of the key new cardinals is Hong Kong Bishop Joseph Zen. Benedict has been reaching out to China and the elevation of Zen, who has been outspoken in the need for religious rights of Roman Catholics in China, was an indication that religious freedom is important to the pontiff.

Benedict also tapped John Paul`s longtime private secretary, Krakow Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, for a red hat. In addition, he named the archbishop of Boston, Sean O`Malley, who was brought in by John Paul to clean up the archdiocese following the sex abuse scandal that forced the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law.

Benedict said the new cardinals "reflect the universality of the church: In fact, they come from various parts of the world and carry out different tasks in the service of the people of God."

The new cardinals come from 11 different countries from North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.