Papal vision of future

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Papal vision

of future

Pope John Paul, addressing a new batch of cardinals who eventually will choose his successor, said he hoped the third millennium of Christianity would launch a "springtime of hope" for humanity.

The 77-year-old Pope presided at a solemn Mass held in St Peter's Square to give the rings of office to 19 of the 22 cardinals that he elevated to the high rank at a ceremony on Saturday.

- Reuters, Rome