Pope discourages lavish celebration for new cardinals
January 13, 2014
In a message to the 19 prelates who will be elevated to the College of Cardinals on February 22, Pope Francis has discouraged “any form of celebration contrary to the evangelical spirit of austerity, sobriety and poverty.”
New cardinals have often hosted expensive receptions after receiving their red hats. The Pope advised against elaborate parties in his message, reminding the prelates that designation as a cardinal is “neither an honor nor a decoration.”
Cardinals, the Pope observed, are expected to “broaden your gaze,” to acts as advisers regarding the needs of the universal Church. To perform properly in that role, he said, the prelates should follow “the same path of the Lord: the path of self-effacement and humility, taking on the role of a servant.”
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