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The unity of the Church is a gift to be protected and developed

· The Pope’s Audience for the new Cardinals accompanied by their relatives and faithful ·

"The unity of the Church is a divine gift to be protected and developed”, the Holy Father said to the22  new Cardinals and their relatives and faithful whom he received on Monday morning, 20 February, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. The following is a translation of the Pope’s Address, which was given in various languages.

I am pleased to extend a warm greeting to the English-speaking Prelates whom I had the joy of raising to the dignity of Cardinal in Saturday’s Consistory: Cardinal Edwin Frederick O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars (India); Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins, Archbishop of Toronto (Canada); Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York (the United States of America); Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong (the People’s Republic of China); Cardinal Prosper Grech, o.s.a., Emeritus Professor of various Roman Universities and Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

I also extend a cordial welcome to the family members and friends who join them today. I ask you to continue to support the new Cardinals by your prayers as they take up their important responsibilities in the service of the Apostolic See.

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