Pope tells new cardinals to resist allure of power

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 11:36 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict has told his six new cardinals to resist the allure of power and instead be like Jesus and focus their work on spreading the Christian faith.

Benedict celebrated Mass in St. Peter's Basilica today with the cardinals he formally elevated yesterday.

In his homily, Benedict said that Jesus had no political ambitions. He said: "To be like Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God's love."

The new cardinals hail from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. The broad geographic mix helps even out the Europe-heavy College of Cardinals who will elect the 85-year-old pope's successor.

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