Pope Francis delivers a speech during the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican January 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)
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Pope Francis named his first batch of cardinals Sunday, choosing 19 men from around the world, including the developing nations of Haiti and Burkina Faso, in line with his belief the church must pay more attention to the poor.In Sunday's list, Francis stuck to the church's rule of having no more than 120 cardinals eligible to elect the next pontiff.The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pope's selection of churchmen from Haiti and Burkina Faso reflects Francis' attention to the destitute as a core part of the church's mission.Buenos Aires Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli was chosen to become a "prince of the church," as cardinals are known. It was a post that Francis left when he was elected as the first Latin American pope in March. The selection of Orani Joao Tempesta, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, as a new cardinal was widely hoped for back home to thank him for organizing Francis' wildly popular visit to that city in July.Francis has stressed that the church hierarchy mustn't view itself as an elite aloof from its flock, but instead serve its flock, especially the poor.
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