Cardinal is ‘honoured and delighted’
The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, is “honoured and delighted” to have been made cardinal during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.
Dr Pell, a great admirer of John Paul II, said the Pope’s assessment of the western world is basically correct and “I’ve worked for years to support and implement that”.
Referring to the make-up of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Pell said it was an example of the Christian teaching of universal love.
“We’re required to love not just our friends, our family, our nation or tribe but we are supposed to love everyone and to love and to forgive our enemies,” he said.
Cardinal Pell said he had noticed a marked decline in the Pope’s health in the few months since their last meeting in June.
The new cardinal was joined by about 100 family and friends from Australia, Canada, the US, Ireland and Rome.