New cardinal George Alencherry receives the biretta cap from Pope Benedict
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Pope Benedict XVI creates 22 new cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI has created 22 new cardinals - his closest aides - at a ceremony in St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

The new "princes of the church" were presented with red hats called birettas and gold rings.

The archbishops of New York and Hong Kong are among those joining the prestigious group that will one day choose the pontiff's successor.

The BBC's David Willey reports from Rome.

  • 18 Feb 2012
  • From the section Europe
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