Shun the worldly logic of power: Pope to new cardinals

November 27, 2012 by  
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He asked them to stick to spreading the gospel.

Pope Benedict XVI Vatican City, November 26, 2012: Pope Benedict XVI has told the six newly elevated cardinals that all Catholic leaders should shun the “worldly logic of power” and stick to spreading the gospel.

The pope presided at a solemn mass in St Peter’s Basilica with the new cardinals from India, the United States, Nigeria, the Philippines, Lebanon and Colombia yesterday, a day after they became cardinals at a ceremony known as a consistory.

“To be disciples of Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God’s love,” he said.

“To you, dear and venerable brother cardinals – I think in particular of those created yesterday – is entrusted this demanding responsibility: to bear witness to the kingdom of God, to the truth,” the pope added.

The new cardinals are Major Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of the Syro-Malankara rite, American Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon and Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja.

Indian women at the mass wore saris and African women wore traditional dresses.

Prayers were read in Arabic, Hindi, Yoruba and Tagalog as well as English, French and Italian.

“I think it’s about time that we have a diverse and more colourful bunch of cardinals,” said Leslie Ryan, a pilgrim who attended the consistory.

– ndtv

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