The Malian archbishop Jean Zerbo will become the first cardinal in the history of Mali, Wednesday June28. The Vatican confirmed on Monday (June 26th) that the Pope will appoint five new cardinals at a presbytery this Wednesday, June 28th.
The Malian Archbishop Mgr Jean Zerbo, aged 74, will therefore be the first cardinal in the history of Mali. He will receive a purple “barrette” – an ecclesiastical headdress in the form of a quadrangular toque – alongside a Swede, a Spaniard, a Laotian and a Salvadoran.
Particularly engaged in interreligious dialogue, Msgr. Jean Zerbo played an active role in the peace negotiations in Mali. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta welcomed the announcement of the choice of Bishop Zerbo among the five new cardinals by Pope Francis on May 21. “This appointment is a great honor for the entire Catholic Church in Africa But even more so for the Catholic Church in Mali, “he said.