The Pope individually greeted and congratulated all six new cardinals before they headed back home. In fact, the Pope also met their families.
CARD. JOHN OLORUNFEMI ONAIYEKAN -Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria) “It's a long occasion and event to give thanks to God. I am not afraid, although the challenges are high. I am not afraid because I've learned in my many years, that the Church and that God will never send us anywhere if we are not accompanied by His grace. So I am good and happy and confident with God's grace."
Colombia's new Cardinal, Ruben Salazar, took the opportunity to reflect on the future of his country, especially in eradicating the violence.
CARD. RUBEN SALAZAR - Archbishop of Bogota (Colombia) “Every single Colombian is always in my prayers. I'm convinced that God will bless us with peace. I'm hoping that the negotiations taking place right now between the government and FARC rebels will put an end to the conflicts. Then, all Colombians will be able to work towards a country where no one is excluded or marginalized. A country where we can all work for the good of others.”
From the Philippines, 55 year old Cardinal Tagle from Manila got to enjoy the moment along with both his parents.
Now these six princes of the Church, will head back home, as cardinals and as collaborators of the Pope.