Cardinals hold the red three-cornered biretta hats before a consistory inside the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Pope Francis will create 17 new cardinals from across the globe Saturday in a time-honored ceremony, elevating them to an elite body that advises and elects popes.Thirteen of them are under 80 and therefore eligible to take part in the next secret conclave to elect or become the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.The unexpected pick of three Americans reverses a trend that saw Francis pass over U.S. candidates in his first two consistories.The youngest of the new cardinals is 49-year old Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the archbishop of Bangui, who organised the pope's 2015 visit to Central African Republic, where Francis opened the first "Holy Door" outside of Rome.Francis has now named 44 cardinal electors, just over a third of the total of 120 allowed by Church law.
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