Archbishop of Hanoi Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon in front of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi, Vietnam, in May 2010. REUTERS
Archbishop of Hanoi Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon has been named by Pope Francis among the new cardinals, or top officials of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy around the world, to be formally installed in the position next month.
Pope Francis read out the names of the 20 new cardinals, 15 of them electors, to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his Sunday address, according to Reuters.
Fifteen of the them are "cardinal electors" under 80 years old -- those who are eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a future pope. Francis's nominees now make up a quarter of the 125 electors.
The new electors come from Italy, France, Portugal, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Mexico, Myanmar, Thailand, Uruguay, Spain, Panama, Cape Verde and Tonga. Nine of them come from the developing world, according to Reuters.
Archbishop of Bangkok Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij and Archbishop of Yangon Charles Maung Bo were two other archbishops from Southeast Asia selected by the Pope to be new cardinals.
Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon, 77, was born in Da Lat, the capital city of Lam Dong Province.
After he finished his studies at the Minor Seminary in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in 1958, he studied at the Da Lat-based Pius X Pontifical Institute. He also obtained a bachelor's degree in French Literature from a local Catholic college.
He was ordained a priest on December 21, 1967, and then became rector of Minh Hoa Major Seminary in Da Lat. He served as vicar of the Our Mother of God Cathedral and vicar general of Da Lat diocese from 1975 until he was named as coadjutor bishop of Da Lat on October 11, 1991.
He was ordained on December 3 that year. He became Bishop of Da Lat on March 23, 1994. He was named coadjutor archbishop of Hanoi archdiocese on April 22, 2010 and became archbishop of the archdiocese on May 13 the same year.