Archbishop Vincent Nichols made a Cardinal

Archbishop Vincent Nichols was made a Cardinal by Pope Francis today. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales made headlines last week when he slammed the government's austerity measures as 'a disgrace.'

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Pope appoints new cardinals from 'places of poverty'

The Archbishop of Westminster The Most Rev Vincent Nichols has said the Pope was appointing cardinals from a wide range of countries, including members of the clergy from cities with experience of "abject poverty".

Delivering the Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said:

Some are drawn from places of real poverty: Burkina Faso, Haiti and the Philippines. The voice of those who live among and care for the poor is a voice Pope Francis wants to hear in his counsels.

He also wants around him those whose role is to lead communities of Catholic faith in the mega-cities of our world: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Seoul and, in my case, London.

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