Cardinals are to serve the people of God and tackle the sins of the world, not be“princes” of the Church, Pope Francis has said.
The Pope told five new cardinals that Jesus “calls you to serve like him and with him, to serve the Father and your brothers and sisters”.
The new cardinals created during a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica were: Cardinal Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, 73; Cardinal Juan José Omella of Barcelona, Spain, 71; Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, 67; Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, apostolic vicar of Pakse, Laos, 73; and Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez, 74, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, El Salvador.
Jesus asked his disciples, the Pope said, to “look at reality, do not let yourselves be distracted by other interests or prospects”.
The reality is always the Cross, he said, and the sins the cardinals must face today include: “the innocent who suffer and die as victims of war and terrorism; the forms of enslavement that continue to violate human dignity even in the age of human rights; the refugee camps, which at times seem more like a hell than a purgatory; the systematic discarding of all that is no longer useful, people included.”
Jesus “has not called you to become ‘princes’ of the Church, to ‘sit at his right or at his left’,” the Pope told the cardinals.
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