Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope elevates 24 cardinals, emphasizing role of service

Catholic World News - November 22, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI elevated 24 prelates to the College of Cardinals at the 3rd consistory of his pontificate on November 20.

At the Saturday ceremony, the Pope reminded the new cardinals that they are called to a higher level of service to the Church. In the Church, he explained, “no one is proprietor,” but rather “the fundamental criterion of greatness and primacy according to God is not dominion, but service.”

On Sunday, the feast of Christ the King, the Pope concelebrated Mass with the new cardinals, and gave each his new ring emblematic of the new office. In his homily the Pontiff said that cardinals are called to provide a special service to the papacy, and the “the primary service of Peter's Successor is the service of faith.”

After the Mass the Pope held his regular Sunday audience and spoke about the readings for the feast of Christ the King. It may seem paradoxical that the Scripture readings for the day depict Jesus on the Cross, he said. “Yet it is precisely on the Cross that Jesus is 'at the height' of God, Who is Love. There He can be recognized.”

On Monday morning the Pope held a special audience with the new cardinals, their families and friends, in the Paul VI auditorium at the Vatican. Again he reminded the cardinals of their “further duty of supporting Peter's Successor in his universal service to the Church.” He encouraged them to “listen attentively to various voices within the Church,” as a means of promoting unity and providing counsel for the Pope.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($26,663 to go):
$35,000.00 $8,336.70
76% 24%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Mysteries, again and again! 6 hours ago
Tips for getting comfortable with evangelization 9 hours ago
The Shroud of Turin on Display (and an odd canonical case against it) April 16
The Vatican says the LCWR is acting Catholic. And that's news. April 16
The Truth about the Armenian Genocide April 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16