- Title: New cardinals greet friends and relatives at Vatican
- Date: 19th November 2016
- Summary: VATICAN CITY (NOVEMBER 19, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VISITORS WALKING OUTSIDE ST. PETER'S SQUARE ST. PETER'S CLOCK AND CUPOLA PILGRIMS STANDING AND KNEELING IN FRONT OF NEW CARDINAL DIEUDONNE NZAPALAINGA OF BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC CARDINAL NZAPALAINGA OF BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC CARDINAL NZAPALAINGA BLESSING KNEELING WOMAN CARDINAL NZAPALAINGA GREETING VISITOR PERSON TAKING PHOTOGRAPH OF CARDINAL NZAPALAINGA ON MOBILE PHONE VARIOUS ITALIAN CARDINAL MARIO ZENARI CHATTING WITH VISITORS VARIOUS ITALIAN CARDINAL ZENARI GREETING VISITOR (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ITALIAN CARDINAL AND VATICAN AMBASSADOR IN SYRIA, MARIO ZENARI, SAYING: "It's an evolving conflict, and it's going from bad to worse, it's escalating and getting even worse. Let's hope there will be a drastic change of direction. Man is endowed with a conscience, with intelligence, I think at some point mankind, even those in charge, will use their conscience and say we cannot go on like this. Let's hope." VARIOUS CARDINAL MAURICE PIAT OF PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS GREETING PILGRIMS BRAZILIAN CARDINAL, SERGIO DA ROCHA OF BRASILIA, GREETING PILGRIMS (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) BRAZILIAN CARDINAL, SERGIO DA ROCHA OF BRASILIA, SAYING: "First of all, we received these cardinal nominations with joy, but also with the hope to help build further unity and peace. The church must always be the one to bring hope and peace to everyone." VARIOUS VENEZUELAN CARDINAL, BALTAZAR ENRIQUE PORRAS CARDOZO OF MERIDA, GREETING VISITORS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN CARDINAL, BALTAZAR ENRIQUE PORRAS CARDOZO OF MERIDA, SAYING: "I think this is a great challenge, a challenge to continue our work and it is also a recognition that Pope Francis gave to the work that the Venezuelan Bishops Conference has been doing for years. This work is nothing but wanting to stay close to the people, to recognise all the difficulties and problems that exist. It is in no way a political position, but only an effort to make social co-existence prevail so that it can help all of us to live in peace and harmony. And for the youth of today to imagine a better future and prepare for it and that they may give their best in the service of others." VARIOUS CARDINAL JOSEPH WILLIAM TOBIN OF INDIANAPOLIS, USA CARDINAL RENATO CORTI OF NOVARA, ITALY TALKING WITH VISITORS VARIOUS CARDINAL BLASE J. CUPICH OF CHICAGO, USA GREETING VISITORS CARDINAL CARLOS OSORO SIERRA OF MADRID, SPAIN GREETING NUNS VISITORS IN VATICAN AUDIENCE ROOM MEETING WITH CARDINALS
- Embargoed: 4th December 2016 20:35
- Keywords: Cardinals Vatican Pope Francis friends family religion
- Location: VATICAN CITY
- City: VATICAN CITY
- Country: Vatican City
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0015940ZLZ
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- Story Text: Newly inducted cardinals greeted their friends and relatives at the Vatican on Saturday (November 19) after receiving their red hats and rings from Pope Francis at a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica.
The Pope created 17 Roman Catholic cardinals, including 13 who are under 80 years old and thus eligible to succeed him one day.
Cardinals, known as "princes of the Church", are the most senior members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy after the pope and serve as his principal advisers around the world and in the Vatican.
Cardinals under 80, known as cardinal-electors, can enter a secret conclave to choose a new pope from their own ranks after Francis dies or resigns.
The new cardinal-electors come from Italy, the Central African Republic, Spain, the United States, Brazil, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Belgium, Mauritius, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.
Those over 80 and not eligible to take part in a papal conclave come from Italy, Malaysia, Lesotho and Albania.
Significantly, the Vatican ambassador in Syria, Italian Archbishop Mario Zenari, was elevated but would remain in his post to show the Church's concern for the devastating civil war there.
The pope has made numerous appeals for an end to Syria's war and last month he urged forces to stop bombing civilians in Aleppo, warning them they would face God's judgement one day.
With the current batch, Francis has named 44 cardinal-electors, slightly more than a third of the total of 120 allowed by Church law.
It was Francis' third consistory since his election in 2013 as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years and he has used each occasion to show support for the Church in far flung places or where Catholics are suffering.
The new cardinals will join in a solemn Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday (November 20) where Pope Francis will close the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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