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Pope Francis appointed his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, as his predecessor Benedict made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony naming the new "princes of the Church".Former pope Benedict XVI, who last year became the first pontiff to retire since the Middle Ages, joined the cardinals in the front row of the basilica.He and Francis hugged at the start of the ceremony and shook hands warmly at the end.Sixteen of the 19 cardinals are under the age of 80 and can therefore take part in the secretive conclave that elects new popes from among their ranks. In an indication of the importance of the developing world for the Argentine pope -- a fierce critic of economic inequality -- half are non-Europeans, including five cardinals from South America, two Africans and two Asians.
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