Catholics in Laos welcome appointment of first cardinal
Catholics in Laos have welcomed the appointment of the country’s first ever cardinal, in the wake of the government’s warming relations with the Catholic Church. “We are extremely happy to hear that our Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun has been named as the first ever cardinal in Laos,” Martha Le Thi Thuy Hanh from Sacred Heart Parish, in the southern province of Champasak, told UCAN.
In a surprise announcement on Sunday, 21 May, Pope Francis named five new cardinals from around the world, including the lone Asian, Bishop Ling of the Apostolic Vicariate of Paksé. The 73-year old bishop has been