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Pope to create new batch of cardinals in February

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis will soon be adding to the group of churchmen which will elect his successor.

The Vatican said Thursday Francis would preside over a ceremony to create new cardinals Feb. 14. Their names weren't announced.

The February consistory, as the ceremony is known, will cap a busy two weeks with some of Francis' key initiatives taking shape: The pope's sex abuse commission is expected to meet for the first time with the full complement of members starting Feb. 6. Nine additional members - including at least another victim of abuse - were cleared this week by Francis.

In the days before the consistory, Francis' key cardinal advisers will meet and brief all other cardinals about plans to revamp and reform the Vatican bureaucracy.

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