Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World

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In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals. Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world. Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic Church will be governed. The first pope from the developing world chose many of his new cardinals from the periphery of the globe. They come from the Philippines, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Haiti –- places that had never had a cardinal before. John Allen, Vatican analyst for the Boston Globe, said the choices show the pope’s desire to reduce the…

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