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'Church needs your courage', pope tells new cardinals

Be 'artisans of peace' Francis says

22 February, 12:14
'Church needs your courage', pope tells new cardinals (see previous).

(ANSA) - Vatican City, February 22 - Pope Francis told 18 new cardinals Saturday the Catholic Church needed their courage.

He urged them to "spread the Gospel in every occasion, opportune and not opportune".

The Church needs "your compassion especially in this moment of pain and suffering in so many countries in the world," Francis said, adding the new 'princes of the Church' should be "artisans of peace".

The consistory was the first public ceremony in St Peter's attended by both Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict.

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