The 13 new cardinals are six Italians, one Mexican, one Maltese, one Spaniard, one American, one Filipino, one Rwandan, and one more from Brunei.
Pope Francis continues its work to reform the hierarchy of the Church with the inauguration Saturday of thirteen new cardinals who share their vision for the poor, at a ceremony at the Vatican.
The 13 new cardinals are six Italians, one Mexican, one Maltese, one Spanish, one American, one Filipino, one Rwandan, and one more from Brunei.
The list includes the archbishop of Santiago de Chile, the Spaniard living in that country, Celestino Aós, and the bishop emeritus of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, the Mexican Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, who is over 80 years old and will not be able to participate. to the conclave.
Those two new cardinals had to comply with a strict 10-day quarantine in the Vatican and undergo diagnostic tests for the covid.
The 83-year-old first Latin American pope in history, who is designing his legacy, gave the cardinal title to the new cardinals, including nine electors, that is, with the right to vote in a future conclave for the election of his successor.
During the homily in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope warned them about the temptation to fall into “corruption” during religious life and especially to feel like an “eminence”.
“For example, the purple-red of the cardinal’s habit, which is the color of blood, can become, by the worldly spirit, an eminent distinction. Thus one does not feel like a pastor but rather an eminence. When you feel that, you will feel out of the way, ”he warned.
The ceremony was marked by the coronavirus pandemic, so the eleven new cardinals, in their red liturgical suits, attended with masks, seated at a distance to prevent the spread of the virus.
Due to the health emergency, the ceremony had a very small participation of faithful and guests, about a hundred.
The Vatican respects the restrictions established in Italy by the pandemic and two of those designated, from Asia, could not be present and had to follow the ceremony through the internet, an unprecedented event in the history of the Church.