Countries in ‘global south’ more numerous among pallium recipients

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29. In a departure from a 32-year tradition, the pope did not confer palliums to the 46 new archbishops in attendance. The actual imposition of the pallium will take place in the archbishop's archdiocese. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican June 29. In a departure from a 32-year tradition, the pope did not confer palliums to the 46 new archbishops in attendance. The actual imposition of the pallium will take place in the archbishop’s archdiocese. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The “global south” saw a greater presence than the “global north” at the pallium ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica June 29.

New archbishops named the past year represented 21 countries in the “global south,” which includes Africa, Latin America, and developing nations of Asia. Archbishops representing 13 countries in the “global north” were represented.

However, the number of prelates from both regions invited to the pallium ceremony was equal with 23 archbishops from each region for a total of 46 archbishops serving in 34 countries.

Eighteen of the archbishops serve in nine countries in Europe; 13 serve in 11 countries in the Americas; eight archbishops serve in eight countries in Africa; six serve in five countries in Asia; and one serves in Oceania.

Six archbishops serve in traditionally English-speaking countries — Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United States, although the Canadian archbishop serves in French-speaking Quebec.

The archbishops from Bolivia and Paraguay serve in two of the three countries that will welcome the pope during his apostolic visit to South America in July.

One archbishop represents an Eastern Catholic Church — the Hungarian Catholic Church, a Byzantine church.

Eleven archbishops are members of religious orders.

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