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Pope Benedict the sixteenth.
Elevating six Catholic bishops to the rank of cardinal cardinals are among the most powerful -- in the Catholic church and are in charge of electing the next -- And what makes today's ceremony -- is not just to the new cardinals are but where they come from Lauren green is in our newsroom with more Lauren.
-- has well you know what stands out about this new -- is what they are and what they are not.
They are all relatively young which means the Pope is thinking about the long term future of the Catholic church and for the first time in decades they are -- European or Italian.
The new cardinals -- from Colombia India Lebanon Nigeria the Philippines and just one from the United States.
It's a sign of where the church is growing in the global South Asia and Africa.
-- the elevation of these six new cardinals Pope Benedict papers he may go down in history as perhaps putting.
In place more members of the exclusive club -- an April before him.
He has appointed to well over half of the 120 men who will vote for his successor.
Benedict has put his stamp not only on the college of cardinals put on the bishops that he's been appointing.
Around the world.
And -- him and that is part of his legacy and it'll be interesting see how that plays out.
And the elevation of Lebanon -- the -- booed trust -- bring yeah.
Is significant showing how important the region is to the Catholic Church I'm -- -- delegation's trip to Syria it was recently canceled because of the unless there.
The importance to the Middle East and he's putting someone in there who really I think is.
As a peacemaker and is willing to dialogue with all the different parties I think that's very important.
The Pope Benedict is -- in relatively good health but at 85 he's showing signs of fatigue in the consistory ceremony.
With -- back today lasting just over an hour but he will celebrate mass with the new class tomorrow morning Harris.
What's it to small group this time -- I know last time there were 22 I believe cardinals who were elevated.
Well there are many reasons but one of the reasons -- over the top reasons since the last consistory in February a few cardinals turned eighty which made an ineligible to vote in the next conclave.
Now six brings the number of voting age cardinals to 120.
Which is the minimum needed.
-- all right Lauren Green think you are not sure.
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