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Pope Francis leads mass for new cardinals

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 01:06

Pope Francis holds mass for new cardinals, telling them to serve the marginalized and urging them not to become a closed caste. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis on Sunday (February 15) conducted mass in honour of the new cardinals he inducted in a ceremony a day earlier. Francis elevated the 20 prelates, many of them from developing countries, during the ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday (February 14). Cardinals are the pope's highest ranking aides in Rome and around the world. Those under 80 can enter a secret conclave to elect the next pontiff after Francis's death or resignation. In his homily, the pope addressed the new cardinals, urging them to look after the people who live on the margins of society. "Dear brothers, new cardinals, as we look to Jesus and our Mother Mary, I urge you to serve the Church in such a way that Christians - edified by our witness - will not be tempted to turn to Jesus without turning to the outcast, to become a closed caste with nothing authentically ecclesial about it," he said. "I urge you to serve Jesus crucified in every person who is emarginated, for whatever reason; to see the Lord in every excluded person who is hungry, thirsty, naked; to see the Lord present even in those who have lost their faith, or turned away from the practice of their faith; to see the Lord who is imprisoned, sick, unemployed, persecuted; to see the Lord in the leper - whether in body or soul - who encounters discrimination! We will not find the Lord unless we truly accept the marginalized," he said. Since his election, Francis has often criticised careerism and privileges among the clergy, setting an example by living in a Vatican guest house instead of the large papal apartments used by his predecessors. Fifteen of those who received their red "biretta" hats on Saturday are under 80, bringing the total number of "cardinal electors" to 125. The five older men were honoured for their long service to the church. The new electors, whose names were announced last month, are from Italy, France, Portugal, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Mexico, Myanmar, Thailand, Uruguay, Spain, Panama, Cape Verde and Tonga. Nine are from the developing world. It is the first time cardinals from Myanmar, Tonga or Cape Verde have been appointed. Cardinal Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia, Mexico, has worked in a region hit by violence related to drug cartels. Cardinal Francesco Montenegro of Sicily has been in the front line in efforts to help migrants making the dangerous crossing from north Africa to the island of Lampedusa. Thousands have died in the process.

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Pope Francis leads mass for new cardinals

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 01:06