APTOPIX Vatican Cardinals

February 18, 2012 - 6:45 AM
Pope Benedict XVI arrives to preside over a consistory in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI is bringing 22 new Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor amid signs the 84-year-old pontiff is slowing down. Benedict was presiding over a ceremony Saturday in St. Peter's Basilica to formally create the 22 cardinals, who include the archbishops of New York, Prague, Hong Kong and Toronto as well as the heads of several Vatican offices. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)