(ROME) -- Pope Benedict XVI appointed 22 new cardinals in a ceremony on Saturday at St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The cardinals join an elite group of members who are the pope's closest aides and also choose the Roman Catholic leader's successor. The 84-year-old pontiff presented the cardinals with red hats and gold rings during the ceremony which is called the Consistory
New York's Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Baltimore's Archbishop Edwin O'Brien from the United States as well as Archbishop Thomas Collins from Toronto were among the appointed cardinals.
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