Vatican City, Nov 19, 2010 / 16:09 pm
A day of reflection and prayer for about two-thirds of the world's cardinals began with strong words from the Pope Benedict XVI against the true "dictatorship" of relativism. It finished with an address from the Vatican official in charge of leading the fight against sexual abuse in the Church.
Some 150 of the world's present and future cardinals met at the Vatican Nov. 19, for a day of closed-door discussion about the future of the Church.
Many of them have descended on Rome for the Nov. 20 consistory, a ceremony in which the Pope welcomes the group's 24 newest members.
Pope Benedict used the rare opportunity to address the themes of religious freedom and the importance of the liturgy in Christian life, according to the Vatican press office.