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Pope Emeritus Benedict makes surprise appearance at cardinal ceremony

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 01:11

Feb. 22 - Former Pope Benedict makes a surprise appearance at a ceremony during which Pope Francis appoints 19 new cardinals. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Emeritus Benedict made a surprise appearance at a ceremony on at which his successor Pope Francis elevated 19 prelates to the rank of cardinal. The ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica celebrates new cardinals from countries including Haiti, the Ivory Coast and Nicaragua. This reflects Francis' concern for poorer countries, laid out when he called for "a poor Church, and for the poor" after his election almost a year ago. It was the first time Benedict has attended a papal ceremony since he resigned in February 2013. Benedict sat quietly wearing a long white overcoat in the front row along with other cardinals. Despite being asked not to clap, the gathered prelates gave him a spontaneous round of applause. The new cardinals, who are the pope's closest advisors, are presented with a hat called the Biretta and a special ring at the ceremony. Sixteen of them are "cardinal electors" under 80 and thus eligible to enter a conclave to elect a pope. Half of them are non-Europeans, indicating the importance Francis attaches to the developing world. Francis is the first Latin American pope and the first non-European pontiff in some 1,300 years.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict makes surprise appearance at cardinal ceremony

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 01:11