09-January,2012 Source: the CSF

Pope named 22 new Cardinals, including Major Archbishop George Alencherry, whose profile is described below. Late Cardinal Valerian Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, was the first Indian to become a cardinal in 1953. Other Latin rite cardinals from India are Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, Simon Pimenta, late Lawrence Picachy, Ivan Dias, Telesphore Placidus Toppo and Oswald Gracias, the present Archbishop of Bombay. The new cardinal-designate said his appointment was a recognition for the country and the Syro Malabar Church and said he would follow the examples of his syrian rite predecessors, cardinals Joseph Parecattil, Antony Padiyara and Varke

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