Francis has also overturned the tradition of choosing bishops who are in charge of prestigious dioceses or Vatican departments as cardinals.
Cardinal-designate Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, who will become the first cardinal from Laos, is an ethnic Khmu, a hill tribe from northern Laos and southern China.
Although past archbishops from Barcelona have been named cardinals, Archbishop Omella said he was still surprised by the announcement.
Despite apprehension, Pope Francis and President Trump talked in a “relaxed, sincere way,” sources say
Media reports that the meeting was “cold” are “a gross misinterpretation,” a Vatican source told America.