Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich; Credit: Guy Wolff / Église catholique à Luxembourg

Pope Francis appointed thirteen new cardinals over the weekend, one of whom is Luxembourg's Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich.

On Sunday, in the Angelus in Vatican City’s St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis named thirteen new cardinals to be formally appointed at the Vatican on Saturday 5 October 2019.

Among them was Jean-Claude Hollerich, who has served as the Archbishop of Luxembourg since 2011. The 61-year-old archbishop will join nine of the other newly appointed cardinals (all under 80 years old) in the papal conclave, the assembly that elects a new pope.

Upon learning of Archbishop Hollerich’s appointment, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, commented: “It is an honour […] to your spiritual and moral qualities, a tribute to your action and a unique recognition for the Catholic Church of Luxembourg. We wish you a happy hand in fulfilling your high mission”.

Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, alongside the twelve other nominees, will officially join the College of Cardinals of the Catholic Church at a ceremony at the Vatican next month.