Pope Francis appointed Archbishop of Cotabato Orlando Quevedo among his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, as his predecessor Benedict made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony naming the new “princes of the Church.”
Former Pope Benedict XVI has joined Pope Francis in a ceremony creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future.
Pope Francis will create his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, with nine of the 19 coming from South America, Africa and Asia, including the Philippines’ Archbishop of Cotabato Orlando Quevedo.
Pope Francis prayed Thursday for the victims of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines at a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a mosaic image of the country’s youngest saint in St. Peter’s Basilica.
By Boying Pimentel
One of the best reactions to Pope Francis’s surprisingly open views on a range of social issues came from god.