Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrão was among 21 bishops chosen by Pope Francis to be appointed cardinals. The pope made the announcement Sunday at the Vatican. Archbishop Ferrao and Archbishop of Hyderabad Anthony Poola are the two Indian bishops among the 21 who will receive the “red hat” in August.
The Vatican News website reported that Pope Francis will hold a Consistory on August 27 for the creation of new cardinals.
“As we the Church of Goa and its supporters convey our sincere congratulations to the new Cardinal, we pray that God will guide and help him in the new responsibility he has been given in the service of the universal Church, as a close associate of Pope Francis,” Fr. Barry Cardozo, director of the Diocesan Social Media Center, said in a statement released Sunday.
Archbishop Ferrao (69) was born in Corjuem in Aldona, North Goa. He was ordained a priest on October 28, 1979 and a bishop on April 10, 1994. He remained Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman from 1994 to 2004. He was installed as Archbishop-Patriarch on March 21, 2004 and appointed Metropolitan on November 25, 2006. He is also the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.
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In his Easter message, Bishop Ferrao said: “Easter invites us to make this joy contagious by reaching out to all people of good will and working together for peace, harmony and mutual respect between men and women from different social, cultural and religious backgrounds and overcoming the divisive forces that seem to be active even in our own state”.
In December last year, on the feast of St. Francis Xavier, as people continued to fast in protest against the construction of an allegedly illegal bungalow in the historic quarter of Old Goa, Ferrao expressed his solidarity with them.
“I would like to express the solidarity of the Church of Goa with several of our brothers and sisters….who have been undertaking various demonstrations for several days now to protest against some heinous activities in this heritage site. I strongly appeal to all those in authority to refrain from any act and decision that is illegal and detrimental to the preservation of the religious and heritage sanctity of Old Goa,” the Archbishop had said, addressing thousands of people who had gathered to attend mass at the basilica. from Bom Jesus to Old Goa.