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VATICAN CITY (CNS): In his first set of major appointments, Pope Benedict XVI named 15 new cardinals.

The Pope announced the names at the end of his general audience on February 22 and said he would formally install the cardinals at a special consistory on March 24.

He also convened the entire College of Cardinals for a day of reflection and prayer on March 23 and said he would celebrate Mass with the cardinals on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.

It will be the first gathering of the College of Cardinals since they elected Pope Benedict last April.

The Pope said the new cardinals reflect the universality of the Church.

Here is the list of the 15 cardinals-designate, in the order in which they were announced by the Pope:

US Archbishop William J. Levada Cardinal-designate Levada, 69, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Slovenian Archbishop Franc Rode, 71, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Italian Archbishop Agostino Vallini, 65, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican’s highest tribunal.

Venezuelan Archbishop Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, 63.

Filipino Archbishop Guadencio Rosales of Manila, 73.

French Archbishop Jean-Pierre Ricard of Bordeaux, 61.

Spanish Archbishop Antonio Canizares Llovera of Toledo, 60.

Korean Archbishop Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk of Seoul, 74.

US Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, 61.

Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, 66.

Italian Archbishop Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, 67.

Chinese Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong, 74.

Italian Archbishop Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, 80.

Retired Ghanaian Archbishop Peter Poreku Dery of Tamale, 87.

French Jesuit Father Albert Vanhoye, former secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, 82.

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