The head of the Catholic Church nominated a total of 15 new cardinals with the majority coming from developing countries including Myanmar, Tonga and Cape Verde, according to Matters India, a Catholic news service on January 4.
The choice of Archbishop Bo, 66, and others is said to reflect the pope’s efforts to reorient the College of Cardinals – which helps govern the Catholic Church – towards the developing world.
The names also demonstrate the pope’s support for prelates with pastoral experience in smaller dioceses and for those coping with violence, migration and poverty, according to the news service.
The 15 men are all under the age of 80, which makes them eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a future pope.
Charles Muang Bo was born in Monhla Village in Mandalay and was ordained as a Salesian priest in 1976. In 1990, he was ordained as Bishop of Lashio and transferred to become Bishop of Pathein in 1996. He was nominated and installed as Archbishop of Yangon in 2003.
There are estimated to be around 450,000 Catholics in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.