Becoming a cardinal is a call to greater love, patience, pope says

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February 14, 2015

Pope Francis leaves consistory at which he created 20 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican

Pope Francis leaves after a consistory at which he created 20 new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 14. Retired Pope Benedict XVI, pictured at right in the background, attended the ceremony. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a Valentine’s Day ceremony to create 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis offered a meditation on Christian love and, especially, what it means for those who guide and minister in the church.

“The greater our responsibility in serving the church, the more our hearts must expand according to the measure of the heart of Christ,” he said Feb. 14 during the consistory, a prayer service during which he personally welcomed 19 churchmen into the College of Cardinals.

The 20th new cardinal, 95-year-old Colombian Cardinal Jose Pimiento Rodriguez, retired bishop of Manizales, was unable to attend the ceremony and was to receive his red biretta — a three-cornered hat — and his cardinal’s ring in his homeland.

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