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Missionaries hail new cardinal for tiny Mongolian Church

Italian Bishop Giorgio Marengo has been leading the small church with an estimated 1,400 members since 2020

Cardinal-elect Bishop Giorgio Marengo of Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. (Photo: YouTube)

Published: May 31, 2022 06:26 AM GMT

Updated: May 31, 2022 09:44 AM GMT

Catholic missionaries in Mongolia have expressed their surprise and joy over the appointment of Italian Bishop Giorgio Marengo, who leads the the tiny church of some 1,400 Catholics, as a new cardinal.

Pope Francis named Bishop Marengo, the apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, as one of 21 new cardinals on May 29. The new cardinals will receive their red hats at the next consistory in the Vatican on Aug. 27. He is one of six new cardinals from Asia.

The Consolata missionary, who has been leading the Mongolian Church since April 2, 2020, turns 48 in June. His elevation to cardinal makes him the youngest member of the Church’s prestigious College of…

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