The current Bishop of Santiago will receive the insignia and the papal blessing during a consistory scheduled for 14th and 15th February.
Praia – 4 January – The Pope will elect 20 new cardinals on February 14, in the second consistory of his pontificate. Among them is D. Arlindo Furtado, Bishop of Santiago, who, at 65, will become the first cardinal of Cape Verde.
Besides Cape Verde, the newly elected come from Portugal, Tonga, Myanmar, Italy, France, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand, Uruguay, Spain and Panama.
Presently, there are 110 cardinal electors, of which less than half are from Europe (52), followed by America (33-17 of the North and 16 Latin American), Africa (13) Asia (11) and Oceania (1).
Sixteen of them were created in the first consistory of the pontificate of Francisco, on February 22, 2014.
The 20 cardinals appointed now will receive the insignia and the papal blessing during a consistory scheduled for February 14 and 15, after a two-day meeting of the entire College of Cardinals on the reform of the Roman Curia, on the 12nd and 13rd of that month.
Learn more about the Bishop Arlindo Furtado:
Born on October 4, 1949 in Figueira das Naus, Santa Catarina, island of Santiago, Dom Arlindo Gomes Furtado joined in 1972 the course of Theology, in the Institute of Theological Studies of Coimbra, Portugal.
He was ordained deacon by the current Bishop Emeritus Dom Paulino Livramento Évora, on 9th May 1976 in Praia. Two months later, he was ordained priest and appointed Vicar of the Parish of Nossa Senhora da Graça.
From 1978 to 1986, the year he went to Rome to make a degree in Biblical Studies at the Bible Institute in that city, had the Rector function of the Minor Seminary of Sao Jose in Praia.
From 1991 to 1995, in Portugal, he taught some subjects of the Old Testament, in Theological Studies Institute of Coimbra. He was the parochial administrator of two communities of the Parish of Coimbra, Amel and Vila Pouca.
In 1995 he returned to Cape Verde to take the Parish of Nossa Senhora da Graça.
He was a member of the National Council of Education, Professor at the School of Police Training.
Until 2004 he was General Vicar of the Diocese of Cape Verde.
On December 9 was published the following news: The Holy Father, Pope Joao Paulo II, established the Diocese of Mindelo and appointed as its first Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado.
On February 22, 2004, was ordained a Bishop by the Archbishop Paulino Livramento Évora, in the area of Quebra Canela, in Praia.
On August 15, 2009 D. Arlindo took formal possession as bishop of Santiago of Cape Verde, during the party celebrations of the patron saint of the city of Praia, Nossa Senhora da Graça, in Praia.
From next February, D. Arlindo Furtado, Bishop of Santiago, at 65, will become the first cardinal of Cape Verde.
source: GF / Ocean Press /oceanpress.info