By Philip Pullella
Fri Jan 6, 2012
(Reuters) - Pope Benedict, putting his stamp on the future of Roman Catholicism, named 22 new cardinals on Friday, the red-hatted "princes of the Church" who are his closest aides and will one day choose his successor.
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Speaking to pilgrims and tourists in St Peter's Square, the pope said he hoped the new cardinals would always be able to show their love for the Church with courage and dedication.
With the new appointments, Benedict, who was elected in a secret conclave in 2005, has now named more than half the "cardinal electors" who will be able some day to choose a new leader of the world's some 1.3 billion Roman Catholics.
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