Pope Francis wrote this to the Cardinals-to-be:
The cardinalship does not imply promotion; it is neither an honor nor a decoration; it is simply a service that requires you to broaden your gaze and open your hearts. And, although this may appear paradoxical, the ability to look further and to love more universally with greater intensity may be acquired only by following the same path of the Lord: the path of self-effacement and humility, taking on the role of a servant. Therefore I ask you, please, to receive this designation with a simple and humble heart. And, while you must do so with pleasure and joy, ensure that this sentiment is far from any expression of worldliness or from any form of celebration contrary to the evangelical spirit of austerity, sobriety and poverty. (Text)
We offer our good wishes to England and Wales' new Cardinal, Archbishop Vincent Nichols on his appointment. Our prayers will be with him all the way.
Ted Millichap expresses the sentiments of many when he says, "Many congratulations, Vincent. We have a leader of proven ability to take us into the new era."