Photo: Bogota Archbishop Gomez Elevated to Cardinal
This morning in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall the Holy Father received the new cardinals created in the consistory of Saturday November 24, and their families.
Over the weekend Pope Benedict XVI elevated six new cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. The six were welcomed into the College of Cardinals who amongst other things decide whom the pope should be. The next pope will come from amongst the 120 current members of the College of Cardinals. Each new cardinal received his red hat and gold ring.
Gomez has been Archbishop of Bogota since 2010 and is 70-years-old. He has been a priest for 45 years.
When Pope Benedict addressed Cardinal Archbishop Gomez he spoke in Spanish encouraging all Colombians to “move forward in peace and harmony along the paths of justice, reconciliation and solidarity”.