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Pope Francis to new cardinals: None of us should feel superior to anyone

The consistory began with Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako from Iraq addressing the pope and those who had gathered in St. Peter's Basilica. 

On behalf of the 14 new cardinals, he recalled the martyrs who still die today because of their Christian faith.

Patriarch of the Chaldean Church

"As far as I am concerned, I have noticed your special attention for the Eastern Churches and for the small flock of Christians in the Middle East, Pakistan, and other countries that are going through a difficult period due to wars and sectarianism, and where there are still martyrs."

In his homily, Pope Francis said that the logics of power have no place in the Church of Christ.

"None of us should feel superior to anyone. None of us should look at others from top to bottom. We can, yes, we can look at a person like this only when we help them get up."

The pope recalled that the Church grows when it serves, when it goes out of itself to help others, when it is a missionary. He explained that when this dimension is lost, life is locked in a desperate search for one's own interests and securities.

"So resentment, sadness and disgust begin to grow. Little by little there is less room for others, for the ecclesial community, for the poor, to listen to the voice of the Lord."

Then one-by-one, Pope Francis called them to give them the ring, the biretta and the document assigned to them as an honorary title by a church in Rome.

Among the ceremony participants were people from the home countries of the new cardinals. Among them was Evo Morales, president of Bolivia.

The hour-long ceremony concluded adding these 14 new members to the College of Cardinals for the Roman Catholic Church.