Pope meets with new Cardinals

Pope meets with new Cardinals

Lebanon's Bechara Boutros Rai (L), wearing his hat, is congratulated after Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as a cardinal.

Pope Benedict XVI met with the 6 new Cardinals created on Saturday, together with their families and friends. Cardinal James Michael HARVEY, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls; Cardinal Bechara BOUTROS RAÏ, Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon; Cardinal Baselios Cleemis THOTTUNKAL, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankaras (India); Cardinal John Olorunfemi ONAIYEKAN, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria); Cardinal Luis Antonio TAGLE, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines); and Cardinal Rubén SALAZAR GÓMEZ, Archbishop of Bogotá

Here are his remarks in English:

“The College of Cardinals, whose origin is linked to the ancient clergy of the Roman Church, is charged with electing the Successor of Peter and advising him in matters of greater importance. Whether in the offices of the Roman Curia or in their ministry in the local Churches throughout the world, the Cardinals are called to share in a special way in the Pope’s solicitude for the universal Church. The vivid colour of their robes has traditionally been seen as a sign of their commitment to defending Christ’s flock even to the shedding of their blood. As the new Cardinals assume the burden of office, I am confident that they will be supported by your prayers and assistance as they strive with the Roman Pontiff to promote throughout the world the holiness, communion and peace of the Church.”