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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to attend a consistory mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to attend a consistory mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to attend a consistory mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta, a four-cornered hat, on the head of new Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai of Lebanon during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta, a four-cornered hat, on the head of new Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai of Lebanon during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman...more

Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta, a four-cornered hat, on the head of new Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai of Lebanon during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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New Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India (C) is congratulated by an unidentified cardinal during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

New Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India (C) is congratulated by an unidentified cardinal during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

New Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India (C) is congratulated by an unidentified cardinal during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI greets new Cardinal James Michael Harvey of the U.S. during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI greets new Cardinal James Michael Harvey of the U.S. during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on...more

Pope Benedict XVI greets new Cardinal James Michael Harvey of the U.S. during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta, a four-cornered hat, on the head of new Cardinal James Michael Harvey of the U.S., during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Novemner 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta, a four-cornered hat, on the head of new Cardinal James Michael Harvey of the U.S., during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Novemner 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new...more

Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta, a four-cornered hat, on the head of new Cardinal James Michael Harvey of the U.S., during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Novemner 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta on the head of new Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta on the head of new Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic...more

Pope Benedict XVI places a red biretta on the head of new Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 6 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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