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    Pope Paul on Monday (March 5) created 30 new cardinals, bringing the strength of the College of Cardinals to a record 144.

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    Pope Paul on Monday (March 5) created 30 new cardinals, bringing the strength of the College of Cardinals to a record 144.

    At the Vatican Consistory where he created the cardinals, Pope Paul said he was considering a major reform of the centuries old system for electing a new Pope. Pope Paul suggested he was considering whether a group of churchmen representing the world's bishops might be associated with future papal elections. He also said he was thinking of bringing in the six Patriarchs of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches. But Pope Paul decreed that although the Sacred College of Cardinals would still be the principal body for electing a Pope, in future no more than 120 cardinals would be allowed to vote in papal elections. He also announced that four years ago he had secretly created two cardinals in Eastern Europe.

    Some 60 cardinals attended the first of Monday's ceremonies.....a secret consistory at which the Pope reads out the names of the new cardinals. Then in the new audience hall, the new cardinals were presented with their "Biglietti" or parchment scrolls of nomination by Secretary of State, Cardinal Jean Villot. Pope Paul presented them with their scarlet silk birettas. The newly simplified ceremony took only one day, as compared with the traditional week.

    The new cardinals comprise 15 Europeans...eight of them Italians...five Latin Americans, three North Americans, two each from Asia, Africa and Australia and one from South Pacific.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACO91R4WPGG2RLADVIQ9ZVMNW4
    Media URN:
    VLVACO91R4WPGG2RLADVIQ9ZVMNW4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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