Pope urges new cardinals to stay on Lord’s path

Pope Francis at the consistory to create 13 new cardinals at St Peter’s Basilica on Saturday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis elevated 13 prelates from around the world to the rank of cardinal on Saturday, telling them their new title is not a career advancement, but an invitation to follow the path of Jesus. Source: Crux.

Speaking during the consistory, Pope Francis centred his homily on the Gospel passage from Mark in which Jesus, while walking with his disciples on the road to Jerusalem, alludes to his coming crucifixion and death.

Jesus, the Pope said, told his disciples about the nature of his coming death in order “to prepare them for the trials to come, so that they could be with him, now and especially later, when he would no longer be in their midst”.

Noting that this Gospel passage is often used during consistories, Pope Francis cautioned that while everyone getting the red had loves Jesus and wants to follow him, “we must always be careful to remain on the road. For our bodies can be with him, but our hearts can wander far afield and so lead us off the road.”

Saying there are many temptations to corruption in the life of a priest, Francis said “the scarlet of a Cardinal’s robes, which is the colour of blood,” can also be a source of this temptation. For “a worldly spirit,” he said, it can become “the colour of a secular ‘eminence'.”

Deviating from his prepared text, the Pope said that when this happens, the person donning the cardinal’s red is “no longer a priest close to the people, but just ‘your eminence’.”


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