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Pope announces names of 19 new cardinals

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 01:40

Jan. 12 - Vatican visitors say Pope Francis' first Cardinal appointments are a sign that he is moving the church forward. Sharon Reich reports.

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Pope Francis put his first stamp on the group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy on Sunday, naming 19 new cardinals from around the world. Cardinals are the pope's closest advisors. Sixteen of the new appointees are "cardinal electors," which means they'll be eligible to elect the next pope. Reuters Vatican correspondent Philip Pullella says it's important to point out that Francis has only included four current Vatican officials in the group of "cardinal electors." SOUNDBITE: Reuters Vatican correspondent Philip Pullella (English): "This is not surprising because Francis has said that he doesn't want a Church made up of career diplomats or career priests or career cardinals, that the Church is around the world. So most of these are actually working archbishops who run big dioceses." Half of the new cardinals are non-Europeans, which signifies the importance Francis attaches to the developing world. He is the first Latin American pope and the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years. Italians listening to the Pope in St. Peter's Square, welcome the new direction he is taking. SOUNDBITE: Felice Cirelli, Italian visitor to the Vatican, saying (Italian): "In my opinion, there's been a real revolution in the way that people think and act. Many people didn't believe too much but now they feel close to this personality. Not only Christians - but the whole world." SOUNDBITE: Clara Laspina, Italian visitor to the Vatican, saying (Italian): "Now, this new Pope, together with the help of these new Cardinals, can move the Church's mission forward, which is what the Lord would want." The ceremony to elevate the new cardinals, known as a consistory, will be held on February 22nd.

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Pope announces names of 19 new cardinals

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 01:40