Friday, March 24 2006 @ 03:25 PM EST Contributed by: AIA
Today Pope Benedict XVI (78), head of the 1.1 billion member Roman Catholic Church, led a ceremony in St. Peter's Square to announce the appointment of 15 new cardinals, leaders who advise the pope, vote on church issues, & choose a new pope.
The new "princes of the church" were the first chosen by Benedict since his ascension to the seat of Peter in April 2005. All wore their red identifying cardinal cossacks, but remained bare-headed until the end of the ceremony, when they received their red skull caps, or zuccetto.
The new cardinals included 7 from outside Europe, 3 over 80 years of age (therefore ineligible to vote for pope), 3 Italians, 2 Americans, & others from China, Ghana, Slovenia, Venezuela, & the Philippines.
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26