Pope Francis, addressing pilgrims at St. Peter's Square on Sunday, through the window of his studio in the Vatican.
He makes a surprise announcement naming 13 new cardinals - high church officials who rank just below the pope and whose job it is to assist him.
"On November 28th, on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, I will hold a Consistory for the appointment of 13 new Cardinals."
They include nine of cardinals under the age of 80 - who will be given the role of electing the next pope.
Seventy-two-year old Wilton Gregory, Washington D.C.'s Archbishop, is one of the electors, becoming the first African American to earn the coveted red hat.
Gregory, an outspoken civil rights advocate, has called for easing racial tensions in the U.S., following the death of George Floyd an African American man who died in May after a white police officer knelt on his neck.
There are also one each from Rwanda and Brunei the first cardinals to be elected from those countries.
And others are from Italy, Malta, the Philippines, Chile, and Mexico.
The four non-electors above the age of 80 are being elevated to the rank of cardinal because of their long service.
No details were immediately given about the consistory ceremony as travel restrictions are still in place due to COVID-19.
With the latest appointments, Pope Francis will have selected 1-hundred-28 prelates during his tenure accounting for nearly 57 percent of all electors.
Watchers say it increases the possibility the next pope will be someone who continues Francis' legacy.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.