At a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis named 20 new cardinals on Saturday, reemphasizing the need for humility and a sense of justice among Catholic church leaders.
“Those called to the service of governance in the church need to have a strong sense of justice, so that any form of injustice becomes unacceptable,” he said at Saint Peter’s Basilica before a crowd that included emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, Reuters reported.
Myanmar’s Charles Maung Bo and Ethiopia’s Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel were among the men named as the pope’s highest ranking aides. Only two of the new cardinals were from Europe and there were none from the United States.
During his homily, Francis warned the new cardinals against being “puffed up with pride” by their position, something he noted church dignitaries are by no means immune to.
Since his papacy began in March 2013, Francis has worked to reshape the culture of Catholic church leadership by breaking with some traditions and making history.
Saturday marked the first time churchmen from Myanmar, Cape Verde and Tonga were welcomed into the group that will eventually choose the pope’s successor. It was the second time that Francis made history with his appointments.
Last January, he named Haiti’s first cardinal.