Pope urges 23 new cardinals to work for peace
Pope Benedict has asked the new cardinals he consecrated at the weekend to make work for peace their priority.
The consistory ceremony saw 23 new cardinals from 14 countries inducted as the Pope's closest "advisers and collaborators" of his ministry in Rome, Catholic News Service reports.
The Pope said the liturgy stressed the Church's cultural diversity and mission of unity, and that the cardinals' geographical mix reflects Catholicism's global expansion.
A special appeal was made by the Holy Father for peace in Iraq as he named Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad, the Chaldean patriarch.
"Together we want to reaffirm the solidarity of the entire church with the Christians of that beloved land and ask prayers for the beginning of the hoped-for reconciliation for all the peoples involved," the Pope said.
Another monumental step was the appointment of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, 58, the first ever cardinal appointed from Texas.
Other new cardinals came from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Northern Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Senegal and Spain.
Of the 23 new cardinals, 18 were under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave.
The College of Cardinals now has 201 members, a new record. Of those, 120 are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave.
Pope creates 23 cardinals from 14 countries (Catholic News Service, 25/11/07)
Work for peace and unity, Pope tells new cardinals (Reuters, 25/11/07)
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