Pope Francis kisses the hand of Benedict XVI


Pope Francis was seen kissing him in the 16th century. The hand of Pope Benedict Emeritus after the consistory ceremony at which 13 new cardinals were installed in the Vatican.

Francis and the new cardinals paid a visit to Benedict, the pope emeritus, who lives in a converted convent beyond the gardens of the Vatican, following Saturday’s ceremony.

According to the Vatican, Benedict, who is 93 years old and weak, “expressed his joy at the visit” and blessed them all.

Pope Francis XVI.  He will welcome Pope Benedict Emeritus at a meeting in the Vatican on Saturday following a consistory ceremony to deploy 13 new cardinals.

Pope Francis XVI. He will welcome Pope Benedict Emeritus at a meeting in the Vatican on Saturday following a consistory ceremony to deploy 13 new cardinals.

Pope Francis visits Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus after the consistory

Pope Francis visits Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus after the consistory

According to the Vatican, Benedict, 93 years old and weak, “expressed his joy at the visit” and blessed them all.

According to the Vatican, Benedict, 93 years old and weak, “expressed his joy at the visit” and blessed all of them

It then occurred that Pope Francis had elevated 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over the ceremony from the beginning to the end of the coronavirus epidemic.

The two new “princes” of the church, from Brunei and the Philippines, did not reach Rome due to the travel restrictions of COVID-19, although they were shown on huge screens in the almost empty St. Peter’s Basilica. During the socially demarcated ceremony, which took place in an unusually fast 45 minutes, new and old cardinals wore protective masks.

Most removed their masks when they turned to an unmasked Francis to get their red cap, but Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the first African-American cardinal, remained on it.

Pope Francis and the 13 newly appointed cardinals visit Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Francis and the 13 newly appointed cardinals visit Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Francis officially raised 13 new cardinals on Saturday at a ceremony marked in all respects by the coronavirus epidemic with limited guests and onlookers.

Pope Francis officially raised 13 new cardinals on Saturday at a ceremony marked by the coronavirus epidemic in every way, with limited guests and onlookers

Wilton Gregory, 72-year-old Catholic Archbishop of Washington, became the first African-American cardinal on Saturday

Wilton Gregory, 72-year-old Catholic Archbishop of Washington, became the first African-American cardinal on Saturday

In his homily, Francis warned the new cardinals to drop corruption or use their new rank for personal advancement, saying that just because they get a new title, “Eminence,” doesn’t mean they should drift away from their people.

His remarks reflected Francis’ constant complaint about the arrogance of the clerical class and his current struggles against corruption in the Vatican hierarchy.

“Think of the many forms of corruption in the life of the priesthood,” Francis told the new cardinals, deviating from the text he had prepared. If you think of yourself so magnificently, “you will not be a pastor near people, you will only be an ’eminence.’

The ceremony, known as the Consistory, is the seventh day of Francis’s pontificate and once again reflects the Argentine Pope’s efforts to nominate cardinals from places he has never had before or for whom he wishes to highlight the ministry of the Church. He is less than nine years old and able to vote in a conclave for the election of a new pope, further consolidating the majority of the voting-age prelates appointed by Francis at the College of Cardinals.

Gregory, the new Archbishop of Washington, is the first Black American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Prior to the ceremony, he told the Associated Press that he considered his appointment “a strengthening of the black Catholics of the United States, a legacy of faith and fidelity that we represent”.

Gregory’s appointment came after a year of racial protest in the United States that was last killed by a black man by a white police officer. Francis supported the protests and cited the American history of racial injustice.

Wilton D. Gregory receives his burette when Pope Francis appoints him cardinal

Wilton D. Gregory receives his burette when Pope Francis appoints him cardinal

“He is now aware of the need for racial reconciliation, an awareness I have not seen at this level and with such intensity,” Gregory said.

Another cardinal thinking about social justice is the retired Archbishop of Chiapas, Mexico, Cardinal Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, who supported the rights of the natives of Mexico and led efforts to translate the Bible and liturgical texts into native languages.

Francis visited Chiapas in 2016 and has long supported the rights of indigenous peoples. “It could be one of the reasons (made cardinal), but I can’t confirm it,” Zoom said to Esquivel during the call.

The Vatican’s in-house theologian-preacher, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, also received a red hat, but also successfully argued against becoming bishop, saying he could not take responsibility at the age of 86. During the Saturday ceremony, he also avoided a red elf, instead wearing a brown hooded frater dress with a white “rochet” dress.

The ceremony took place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 epidemic, which erupted in Italy in February and revived this fall. The Vatican is under modified modification, Vatican Museums are being closed and Francis ’public audience is being erased. Instead, he keeps them live, live.

Cardinal candidates and others who arrived remotely in Rome for Saturday worship had to go through a 10-day quarantine ordered by the Vatican at the pope’s hotel, where the food was taken to their room.

Pope Francis will be seen at a consistory ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City on Saturday

Pope Francis will be seen at a consistory ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on Saturday

Usually, the consistories are full of parties and crowds, day-long receptions, Masses, and dinners for new cardinals and their friends. The consistory itself is usually followed by “courtesy visits” where new cardinals can greet the well-wishers and the general public from the grandeur of their own reception rooms in the Apostolic Palace or the Vatican Lecture Hall. There were no courtesy visits this year, and each cardinal was given a limit of 10 guests.

With Saturday’s new cardinals, Francis named 73 of the 128 cardinals of his election age, while Pope Benedict XVI named 39, II. St. John Paul is 16. Although the outcome of a future conclave can never be predicted, this is not a stage that would suggest that the vast majority of voters today presumably share the pastoral and doctrinal attitudes of the pope who names them.

The geographical structure of the College of Cardinals has also shifted from Europe under Francis, although Europe remains the largest group of voters with 53 voters. America – North, Central and South, and the Caribbean – has a total of 37 cardinal voters, despite the fact that an estimated 40% of the Catholic world lives in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Francis continued the tendency to name cardinals after the “peripheries” of the Catholic Church: Brunei received his first cardinal with Cardinal Cornelius Sim, the Vatican’s national ambassador.

He also received Rwanda’s only cardinal with the Archbishop of Kigali, Antoine Kambanda, whose family was slaughtered during the Rwandan genocide. Kambanda traveled to Rome for the ceremony, Sin stayed home due to the limitations of COVID-19.

The first Jesuit pope in history also increased the number of cardinals belonging to religious orders, and this year named three Franciscans in the year the pope, who named himself after St. Francis of Assisi, issued an encyclical inspired by the saint’s call. brotherhood and solidarity with the weakest.