Friday, March 24, 2006

his holiness makes new cardinals

Here's what the NY Times had to say about it....

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI installed his first group of cardinals on Friday, placing crimson hats on their heads in a ceremony Friday on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica that added 15 more prelates to the elite club that will choose his successor.

Applause rang out from the thousands spread out in the square before the 15 new ''princes'' of the church.

Benedict opened the ceremony by reading out each of the new cardinals' names in Latin, drawing more applause after he pronounced each one. The crowd cheered again as the pope gave each a crimson ''biretta,'' a four-sided hat with three distinct ridges on its upper side.

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