November 26, 2012. (Romereports.com) (ONLY VIDEO) Before the newly created cardinals return to their countries of origin, Benedict XVI met with them and their families to personally say goodbye. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, from the Philippines, used that time to introduce his parents to the Pope.
POPE'S GREETING IN ENGLISH The College of Cardinals, whose origin is linked to the ancient clergy of the Roman Church, is charged with electing the Successor of Peter and advising him in matters of greater importance. Whether in the offices of the Roman Curia or in their ministry in the local Churches throughout the world, the Cardinals are called to share in a special way in the Pope’s solicitude for the universal Church. The vivid colour of their robes has traditionally been seen as a sign of their commitment to defending Christ’s flock even to the shedding of their blood. As the new Cardinals assume the burden of office, I am confident that they will be supported by your prayers and assistance as they strive with the Roman Pontiff to promote throughout the world the holiness, communion and peace of the Church.