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Pope France appoints 19 cardinals in Rome ceremony

22 February 2014 Last updated at 19:13 GMT

Pope Francis has appointed 19 new cardinals at a ceremony in Rome - the first such appointments of his papacy.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, was among those receiving the red hat and gold ring of office.

Former Pope Benedict XVI - who retired last year - also attended the ceremony at St Peter's Basilica.

Alan Johnston reports from the Vatican.

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