Indian in 'College of Cardinals' to choose next Pope
Vatican City: Six new cardinals, including an Indian, on Saturday joined the elite club of red-robed churchmen who will elect the next pope, bringing a more geographically diverse mix into the European-dominated College of Cardinals.
Pope Benedict XVI presided over the ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica to formally elevate the six men, who hail from India (Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram Siro-Malankaresi Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal), Colombia, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the United States.
As Benedict read each name aloud in Latin, cheers and applause erupted from their friends and family members in the pews.
The ceremony was both joyful and emotional: Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, seen by many to be a rising star in the church, visibly choked up as he knelt before Benedict to receive his three-pointed red hat, or biretta, and gold ring, and wiped tears from his eyes as he returned to his place.