ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy during a formal ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic.
But he immediately warned them against using their new titles for corrupt ends.
Two new "princes" of the church from Brunei and the Philippines didn't make it to Rome because of COVID-19 travel restrictions but were shown on giant screens in the nearly empty St. Peter's Basilica.
Throughout the socially distanced ceremony, cardinals new and old wore protective masks. Most removed their face coverings when they approached a maskless Francis to receive their red hats, but Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the first-ever African-American cardinal, kept his on.