Cardinals are not called to be ‘princes of the Church’ but to be servants to their people, Francis said

The Pope said cardinals are called to be grandfathers who help young people find meaning in their lives

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He said that his selection reflects the Catholic Church’s universal nature

The members of the international Council of Cardinals began their February meeting expressing their ‘full support’ of the Pontiff

A ‘significant number’ of bishops’ conferences reportedly also expressed misgivings

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Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles was elected vice president

The full text of the four cardinals’ letter, preceded and followed by their explanatory notes, is below:

I understand the cardinals’ anxieties – but Rome needs an alternative to the overpriced cafés