Pope Francis delivers his speech during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (Stefano Rellandini/pool photo via AP)
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Pope Francis Saturday said an "epidemic of animosity" against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, as he struck a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism.In the "consistory" ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, Francis appointed 17 new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, 13 of them under 80 years old and thus eligible to succeed him one day.Naming new cardinals is a significant power that allows a pontiff to put his stamp on the future of the 1.2-billion-member Church. The new cardinals come from 15 countries and many are progressives like the pope. It was Francis' third consistory since his election in 2013 as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years and he has used each occasion to show support for the Church in far flung places or where Catholics are suffering.
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