New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was among 22 men inducted into cardinal status by Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City Saturday morning.
Cardinals are entrusted with the service of love: love for God, love for his Church, an absolute and unconditional love for his brothers and sisters, even unto shedding their blood, if necessary (in defense of the faith), Benedict, 85, told the new cardinals.
Dolan and company were then given rings and red birettas (4-cornered hats), officially marking their new status.
According to MSNBC, the new cardinals are from countries including the U.S., Hong Kong, India, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium and Malta.
The group of new cardinals will one day elect one of their own to succeed Benedict.
Dolan, 62, has been rumored to be in the lead when the time comes.
Click through for photos of Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the new group of cardinals as elected by Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City.