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New cardinals greet well-wishers

(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Benedict made six non-European prelates Roman Catholic cardinals on Saturday (November 24), chipping away at the old continent's domination of the elite group that will one day elect his successor. The six newly created Cardinals greeted friends, relatives and well-wishers in two beautiful frescoed rooms of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on Saturday. The new cardinals, ranging in age from 53 to 72, are from the United States, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Lebanon and Colombia. All six are "cardinal electors," those under 80 years old and thus eligible under Church law to enter a conclave that will one day choose Benedict's successor after his death or resignation. The new cardinals are American Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, a major archbishop of the Syro-Malankara rite in India, Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon, and Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja.

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