Pope inducts 22 new cardinals

Pope inducts 22 new cardinals

Eighteen of the 22 newcomers are under 80 and would one day elect the pope’s successor.

Posted on February 20, 2012, 7:34 AM


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Vatican City:Pope Benedict XVI inducted 22 new cardinals, including India’s Major Archbishop George Alenchery, at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Saturday.

The 84-year-old pope presented the new “princes of the Church” with scarlet-red birettas and gold rings during the consistory.

The new cardinals “are asked to serve the Church with love and vigour, with the clarity and wisdom of masters, with the energy and moral force of pastors (and) with the faith and courage of martyrs,” the pope said.

Eighteen of the 22 newcomers are under 80 and would one day elect the pope’s successor.

Critics say the appointments show a strong bias towards Europe as out of the 125 “elector cardinals,” 67 are now from Europe, with just 22 from South America, 15 from North America, 11 from Africa and 10 from Asia and the Pacific.

Of the electors, 63 have been named by the German pope and the other 62 by his Polish predecessor John Paul II.

The nomination of seven Italians in Benedict’s fourth consistory also brings to 30 the elector cardinals from Italy — almost a quarter of the total, far outweighing any other country.

Some observers say the Vatican’s increasingly powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone is behind the promotion of Italians up the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy.

The vast majority of previous popes — more than 200 — have been from Italy.

The new cardinals include 16 Europeans, two Americans, one Canadian, a Brazilian, an Indian and a Hong Kong Chinese.

Among the key appointments is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins, bishop of Hong Kong, John Tong Hon, and Major Archbishop George Alencherry from India.

The consistory comes after days of high-profile leaks, corruption allegations and even a discredited report on a plot to kill the pope, which have raised fears of a power struggle at the heart of the Catholic Church.

Following Saturday’s consistory, the pope is to announce dates for the canonisation of seven new saints.


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