Pope tells new cardinals to be ready to sacrifice their lives
Pope Benedict welcomed the newest cardinals Nov. 20 with a call to service and sacrifice, even if it means spilling their blood.
Two Americans, Donald W. Wuerl and Raymond L. Burke, are among the 24 new cardinals the Pope “created” on Nov. 20. Others come from a variety of countries, from Ecuador to Zambia, while 10 are Italians.
God calls us to be with Jesus and Mary: “do not ask Jesus to come down from the cross, but stay with him. ”
With this, the Pope addressed the 24 new cardinals created on Saturday, who concelebrated Mass with him Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica, on the Solemnity of Christ the King.
Pope Benedict XVI gave the new cardinals the rings of their office, sealing their marriage pact with the Church, on which is a depiction of the crucifixion of Christ.
The Holy Father said in his homily our first service is faith, believing that Jesus is God, who is the King because he has reached this point, because he loved us to the limit.