Ex-pope Benedict at papal ceremony

It was the first time he has attended a papal ceremony since his resignation, although he and Francis have met several times.

Ex-pope Benedict at papal ceremony

World Bulletin/News Desk

 Former Pope Benedict made a surprise appearance at St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday to attend a ceremony at which his successor, Pope Francis, was elevating 19 prelates to the high rank of cardinal.

Benedict, 86, who resigned a year ago, sat quietly wearing a long white overcoat in the front row along with other cardinals. It was the first time he has attended a papal ceremony since his resignation, although he and Francis have met several times.

When he reached the front of the basilica to start the ceremony, Pope Francis went greet Benedict, who took off his white skull cap in a sign of respect and obedience to Francis.

Even though the crowd inside the basilica had been asked to refrain from applause during the ceremony, they clapped when Benedict walked in and again when his name was mentioned in an opening address by one of the new cardinals.

Benedict became the first pope to resign in 600 years when he stepped down on Feb. 28, 2013. Francis was elected the first non-European pope in 1,300 years two weeks later.

List of new cardinals

Pope Francis elevated 19 prelates to the rank of cardinal on Saturday, his first appointments to the elite group of men who are his top aides around the world and who can one day elect his successor if they are under 80.

Sixteen of the new cardinals will have the right to vote to choose a successor. Three were made cardinal emeritus, without voting rights, for their service to the Church.

The following are cardinals with voting rights:

1. Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 59, Italian, Vatican Secretary of State.

2. Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, 73, Italian, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

3. Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, 66, German, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

4. Archbishop, Beniamino Stella, 72, Italian, head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy.

5. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, 68, British, Archbishop of Westminster.

6. Archbishop Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, 64, Nicaraguan, Archbishop of Managua.

7. Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, 56, Canadian, Archbishop of Quebec.

8. Archbishop Jean-Pierre Kutwa, 68, Ivorian, Archbishop of Abidjan.

9. Archbishop Orani João Tempesta, 63, Brazilian, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro.

10. Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti, 71, Italian, Archbishop of Perugia.

11. Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli, 66, Argentine, Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

12. Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo Jung, 70, Korean, Archbishop of Seoul.

13. Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, 72, Chilean, Archbishop of Santiago.

14. Archbishop Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo, 69, from Burkina Faso, Archbishop of Ouagadougou.

15. Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, 74, Filipino, Archbishop of Cotabato.

16. Archbishop Chibly Langlois, 55, Haitian, Archbishop of Les Cayes.

The following are cardinals emeritus, without voting rights:

1. Monsignor Loris Francesco Capovilla, 98, Italian, who was secretary to Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958-1963 and called the Second Vatican Council. He was not able to attend the ceremony for health reasons.

2. Archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, 84, Spanish, Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona.

3. Monsignor Kelvin Edward Felix, 81, from Saint Lucia, Archbishop emeritus of Castries.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Şubat 2014, 13:14

Muhammed Öylek