Pope ordains Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

Pope Benedict XVI ordained 24 new cardinals in a ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, yesterday. Sri Lanka’s Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith was among the new cardinals.

Pic by Shamin Panditharathna

Dressed in heavy golden vestments, Pope Benedict called on the new cardinals to dedicate themselves to humble service for the church, whose force, he said, is “not the logic of supremacy, of power according to human criteria, but the logic of bowing down to wash feet, the logic of service, the logic of the cross, which is at the base of every exercise of power.”

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, who turned 63 last Monday (November 15), was ordained as a priest in 1975 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome by Pope Paul VI. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Colombo in 1991; Bishop of Ratnapura also in 1991, and Archbishop of Colombo in June last year.

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