VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis stated Sunday he’ll elevate 21 churchmen, together with two from India, to the rank of cardinal in a ceremony on the Vatican this summer season. Other than the 2 prelates from India, one every from Mongolia, Ghana, Nigeria, Singapore, East Timor, Paraguay and Brazil might be among the many churchmen tapped by the pontiff to obtain the celebrated crimson hat, in line with his willpower to have church leaders mirror the worldwide face of the Catholic church. Francis learn out his selections on the finish of his conventional Sunday greetings to the general public in St. Peter’s Sq.. At the very least 16 of the brand new cardinals might be youthful than 80 and thus eligible to vote for the subsequent pontiff in secret conclave. The pope stated he’ll conduct the consistory, because the ceremony to raise churchmen to cardinal’s rank is understood, on August 27. Different new cardinals hail from France and from San Diego, California, whereas three are prelates who at the moment maintain prime positions on the Vatican.