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Pope winds up 25th anniversary festivities

Pope John Paul, in the closing act of festivities marking his 25th anniversary, gave rings of office yesterday to new cardinals during a ceremony in St Peter's Basilica at which Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger presided.

Press reports indicate that the Holy Father seemed alert after a week of celebration, during which he held five audiences for huge crowds, in addition to three masses and a concert.

He read only a few prayers during yesterday's mass, with a bishop reading the homily for him. He knelt through the most sacred parts of the service, received communion from one of the priests, and blessed the crowd as he was wheeled away after the two-hour ceremony.

During the mass, a Spanish woman read a prayer for the pope, asking God to "fill him with wisdom and consolation of the spirit."

The pope gave 30 new cardinals gold rings representing their link to Rome, their bond to the papacy and the universal Church.

Wearing gold and white vestments that contrasted with the scarlet of the cardinals, the pope said in the homily read for him that the new "princes" of the Church reflected its universality.

The cardinals, who were formally elevated on Tuesday evening Australian time, come from 22 countries and are a mix of moderates and conservatives, including Sydney's Cardinal George Pell.

Pope Winds Up 25th Anniversary Festivities (Reuters/Yahoo!)

Pell's rise from footy to a cardinal's biretta (Canberra Times)
Pope may return to Poland in 2004 (AP/CNN)
Pope ends jubilee celebrations (BBC)
New Image of Pope Emerges at Celebration (Associated Press/Yahoo!)
Pope wraps up grueling week of ceremonies with final Mass with new cardinals ( Press)
New Australian cardinal says church must present clear teachings (Catholic News Service)
Scottish cardinal says his orthodoxy was never in question (Catholic News Service)
[US] House of Representatives lauds pope on his 25th anniversary (Catholic News Service)
New U.S., Canadian cardinals describe joys of receiving red hats (Catholic News Service)
Scotland's Cardinal O'Brien says he is "completely orthodox" (Catholic World News)
New cardinals receive rings at Mass in Vatican basilica (Catholic World News)
Pope's public audience lasts only seconds (Catholic World News)
L'Osservatore deplores speculation, asks prayers for Pope (Catholic World News)
Pope resumes normal schedule after busy week (Catholic World News)
New Image of Pope Emerges at Celebration (Associated Press/
New Image of Pope Emerges During Anniversary (AP/New York Times)
Musharraf greets Pope (Paktribune)
New Image of Pope Emerges During Anniversary (AP Rocky Mount Telegram)
Cardinals: Fifth of College of Cardinals from Religious Congregations (Vidimus Dominum)
Pope John Paul Presents Rings to Cardinals, Ending Celebration of Papal Anniversary (Voice of America)
Papal Homily at Consistory: Urges Cardinals to Be Faithful to 'Sacrificing Their Lives' (Zenit)
Cardinals' Oath on Receiving Biretta (Zenit)

23 Oct 2003