LISTEN ATTENTIVELY TO VARIOUS VOICES WITHIN THE CHURCH

November 24, 2010

VATICAN CITY,  (VIS) - In the Paul VI Hall Monday morning, the Holy Father received the twenty-four new cardinals created in the consistory of Saturday 20 November. With the prelates were members of their families and other faithful who have accompanied them to Rome.

The Pope greeted the cardinals in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish, and expressed the hope that their followers may “support you with their prayers, that you many continue to persevere faithfully in your various tasks, for the good of the Gospel and of all Christian people”.

“Your ministry”, he told the cardinals, “is now enriched by the further duty of supporting Peter’s Successor in his universal service to the Church. I place a lot of trust in you, in your prayer and in your vital assistance. With fraternal esteem I encourage you to continue your spiritual and apostolic mission which has just gone through a very important stage. Maintain your gaze fixed on Christ, drawing all grace and spiritual comfort from Him and following the shining example of cardinal saints, intrepid servants of the Church who, over the course of the centuries, have rendered glory to God with their heroic exercise of the virtues and their tenacious faithfulness to the Gospel”.

Invoking on the cardinals “the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary Mother of the Church, and of the martyr St. Cecilia whose liturgical memory falls today”, the Pope said “may she, the patroness of music and ‘bel canto’, accompany and support your efforts to listen attentively to various voices within the Church, in order to make the unity of hearts more profound”.

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