Pope tells new cardinals to be humble, shun parties

January 23, 2015 5:47 PM

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Pope tells new cardinals to be humble, shun parties

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has told the men he will elevate to the high rank of cardinal next month to be humble and shun lavish parties in their honor, saying they can do more damage than alcohol on an empty stomach.

"It is not easy to be humble servants if you see the role of a cardinal as a position of power or superiority," he said in a letter written to each of the cardinals-to-be and published in the Vatican newspaper on Friday.

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