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Pope elevates Goan-origin bishop as cardinal

Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi will be fifth cardinal of Goan origin

21st May 2018, 02:17 Hrs

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Pope Francis on Sunday announced that he would create 14 new cardinals, which includes one of Goan origin, Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi.

Speaking to pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope announced he would create new cardinals at a Consistory on June 29 (feast of Saints Peter and Paul), reported the Vatican News.

Archbishop Joseph Coutts (72), who traces his roots to Aldona, will be the fifth cardinal of Goan origin, after Cardinal Valerian Gracias (Dramapur), Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro (Salvador do Mundo), Cardinal Ivan Dias (Velsao) and Cardinal Oswald Gracias (Orlim).

Born on July 21, 1945, Archbishop Coutts was ordained priest in Pakistan on January 9, 1971 and was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Hyderabad (Pakistan) on May 5, 1988.

He succeeded as bishop of Hyderabad (Pakistan) on September 1, 1990 and served for eight years in the diocese of Hyderabad (Pakistan) before being appointed bishop of Faisalabad (Pakistan) on June 27, 1998.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad-Pakistan, as archbishop of Karachi-Pakistan on January 25, 2012.

Incidentally, Archbishop 

Archbishop Ferrao hails new Goan-origin cardinal

PANAJI: Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrao has hailed the elevation of Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, a bishop of Goan origin, as a new cardinal of the Catholic Church. “It is a matter of great joy to know that we have the fifth cardinal of Goan origin in the person of Archbishop Joseph Coutts, who is the first cousin of Archbishop Anil Couto of New Delhi. The archdiocese of Goa and Daman congratulates him heartily,” said Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrao. Incidentally, both Archbishop Ferrao and Archbishop Coutts trace their origins to Aldona.

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