Pope elevates 6 cardinals to choose successor
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Six new cardinals are joining the elite club of churchmen who will elect the next pope, bringing a more geographically diverse mix into the European-dominated College of Cardinals.
Pope Benedict XVI will formally elevate the six at a ceremony on Saturday, bestowing red hats and gold rings on prelates from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and United States
In explaining his choices for this "little consistory", Pope Benedict said he was essentially completing his last cardinal-making ceremony held in February, when he elevated 22 cardinals, the vast majority of them European archbishops and Vatican bureaucrats.
The six new cardinals "show that the church is the church of all peoples and speaks in all languages", Pope Benedict said last month. "It's not the church of one continent, but a universal church."