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Pope tells new cardinals not to be lured by power

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 25, 2012 at 9:47 a.m. Updated November 25, 2012 at 9:50 a.m.


Pope Benedict XVI, center, listens as newly-elected Cardinal James Michael Harvey, second from left, delivers his speech during a mass celebrated for the newly elected cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. The pontiff elevated, Saturday, Nov. 24, six new cardinals who joined the elite club of churchmen who will elect his successor, bringing a more geographically diverse mix into the European-dominated College of Cardinals.

— Pope Benedict XVI told his six new cardinals to resist the allure of power and instead be like Jesus and focus their work on spreading the Christian faith.

Benedict celebrated a Mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica with the cardinals he formally elevated a day earlier. The six hail from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. — a broad geographic mix that helps even out the Europe-heavy College of Cardinals who will elect 85-year-old Benedict’s successor.

In his homily, Benedict told his new collaborators that Jesus had no political ambitions. He said: “To be like Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God’s love.”

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