Notre Dame graduate joins 18 others in ceremony for new cardinals

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VATICAN CITY A graduate of Notre Dame's class of 1969 was among 19 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis Saturday.

Kelvin Edward Felix is an emeritus archbishop of Castries, in the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.

Since his retirement in 2008, he's served as a priest on the nearby island of Dominica.

He earned a master's degree in psychology from Notre Dame in 1969.

At age 81, Archbishop Felix will be an honorary cardinal, and not eligible to vote in the papal conclave.

Former Pope Benedict XVI has joined Pope Francis in the ceremony, creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future.

Francis greeted Benedict, sitting in the front row of St. Peter's Basilica along with the cardinals, with an embrace before approaching the altar.

Benedict entered St. Peter's Basilica surrounded by a small entourage and was greeted with applause and tears from people in the pews.

It is the first time Benedict and Francis have appeared together at a liturgical ceremony since Benedict retired a year ago and became the first pope to step down in 600 years.

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