“None of us must feel ‘superior’ to anyone,” Pope Francis has said during a ceremony in which he created 14 new cardinals.
Bishops and archbishops from 11 nations assembled in St Peter’s Basilica to be elevated to the College of Cardinals.
“None of us must feel ‘superior’ to anyone. None of us should look down at others from above. The only time we can look at a person in this way is when we are helping them to stand up,” the Pope said.
After the consistory, Pope Francis and the new cardinals visited the Pope Emeritus in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, his residence in the Vatican Gardens.
The new cardinals are from Iraq, Spain, Italy, Poland, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Japan, Mexico and Bolivia. The current College of Cardinals now represents six continents and 88 countries.
The 14 cardinals who received their red hats from the Pope were:
– Louis Sako, 69
– Luis Ladaria, 74, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
– Angelo De Donatis, 64, papal vicar for the Diocese of Rome
– Giovanni Angelo Becciu, 70, substitute secretary of state, prefect-designate of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.
– Konrad Krajewski, 54, papal almoner
– Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan, 72
– Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima, Portugal, 71
– Pedro Barreto of Huancayo, Peru, 74
– Desire Tsarahazana of Toamasina, Madagascar, 64
– Giuseppe Petrocchi of L’Aquila, Italy, 69
– Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka, Japan, 69
– Sergio Obeso Rivera, retired archbishop of Xalapa, Mexico, 86
– Toribio Ticona Porco, retired bishop of Corocoro, Bolivia, 81
– Aquilino Bocos Merino, 80, former superior general of the Claretian religious order
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