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The new cardinals

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Bishops prostrate themselves during a glittering ceremony at st Peter’s Basilica in which Pope John Xxiii appoints them to the college of cardinals. as well as lying facedown on the floor as a sign of their humility, some of the 23 new appointees pulled their scarlet robes over their heads. as is tradition, the pontiff (who was elected the same year) later gave each of them a gold ring to wear, signifying their new title. 1958

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