ROME -- Pope Francis urged cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church never to give in to pessimism, telling them Friday that they had crucial wisdom to pass on to the young, which he compared to “good wine” that gets better with time.
In his first audience with the Vatican’s College of Cardinals since his election Wednesday, Francis looked relaxed and smiled as he spoke, gesticulating as he drifted from his written speech, in contrast to the reserved manner of his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
“Let us never give in to the pessimism, to that bitterness, that the devil offers us every day,” Francis said. “Let us not give in to pessimism and discouragement.”
The 76-year-old pontiff told the prelates -- men mostly in their 60s and 70s -- that “half of us” are old. But he said: “As I like to say, age is the seat of the wisdom of life.”