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Press Release, 02/09/2019


Mgr. Hollerich to be created Cardinal by Pope Francis


Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, new General Secretary of COMECE, expresses great joy on behalf of COMECE Bishops and staff for the recent announcement given by Pope Francis on the forthcoming appointment of Mgr. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, Archbishop of Luxembourg and President of COMECE, as Cardinal.



In a congratulations letter sent to Mgr. Hollerich and to all COMECE Bishops, Fr. Barrios Prieto, on his first day of mandate as General Secretary of COMECE, assured the Cardinal-designate of prayers for “this new responsibility […] for the whole Church and for the Church in the European Union”.


The Holy Father gave the announcement after reciting the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on  Sunday 1st September 2019. “Their originshe stated – express the missionary vocation of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people of the earth”.


Mgr. Hollerich, 61-year-old, has been committed to the common good in Europe and in the world, devoting himself to key-issues including youth, migration and asylum, climate. His appointment can also be seen as a recognition of the important role played by COMECE at the EU level and within the Church.


Mgr. Hollerich will receive the red hat during the Consistory of 5 October 2019 on the eve of the Amazon Synod.


Interviewed by Vatican News immediately after the news came out, the future Cardinal stated:“I hope that I can always listen to the Gospel […], and as a Cardinal be really of service to the Pope, to the Church and to all the women and men who constitute the Church of God”.


On Monday 16 September 2019 Mgr. Hollerich will participate together with Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, new General Secretary of COMECE, in a Press Conference organised at the COMECE Secretariat. The time of the press conference will be announced later on.


Journalists and media operators interested in covering the September press conference are invited to send a request to the COMECE Communication Officer by Thursday 12 September 2019. Bilateral interviews can be arranged upon request prior to the above-mentioned date.


A Press Room will be arranged to facilitate the work of journalists. Due to limited space inside the COMECE Secretariat, priority criteria for access may apply.

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Alessandro Di Maio

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