Tuesday, October 21, 2003

New Cardinals Installed

From ABCNEWS.com : Pope John Paul II Installs 30 Cardinals:

"John Paul himself didn't read out the names of the new cardinals, leaving it to an aide. In the few prayers he did deliver, the pontiff slurred his words, symptoms of the Parkinson's disease which has made it difficult for him to speak.

Tuesday's ceremony brought to 194 the active members of the College of Cardinals, although only 135 of them are under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave. Of those 135, John Paul has named all but five.

Yet picking the next pope from among them is anyone's guess, since the group is still large and geographically diverse.

'It's funny, nobody is whispering `he'll be the next man,'' said Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Ukraine. 'Nobody has arisen as a personality.'

In fact, the college has gotten so large that cardinals wore tags with their names and home dioceses during meetings at the Vatican last week."