Pope Benedict XVI responded to criticism that the club of churchmen who will choose his successor is too Eurocentric, elevating six new cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines, and the U.S. during a formal ceremony Saturday. Benedict welcomed the prelates into the College of Cardinals during a short, hour-long ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica, telling them that their presence among the other red-robed prelates was a sign of the ‘‘unique, universal and all-inclusive identity’’ of the Catholic Church.
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