The day Francis announced he would be making Italian Archbishop Luigi De Magistris a cardinal, the archbishop was doing what he usually did in retirement on Sundays: He was administering the sacrament of confession in the cathedral of Cagliari, his hometown.
Cardinal-designate Ricardo Blazquez Perez is known as an outspoken champion of peace and reconciliation.
Cardinal-designate Edoardo Menichelli is 75, but he still kicks a soccer ball around with other priests and seminarians.
Portugal's newest cardinal-designate is known as a humble man of faith and culture.
After Pope Francis became pope, Cardinal-designate Francesco Montenegro was standing next to him "and I could feel his heart beating as he repeated, 'What suffering.'"
Cardinal-designate Dominique Mamberti said the honor binds him even more closely to the pope and the church of Rome.
Cardinal-designate Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Hanoi, 76, sees Francis' decision to induct him into the College of Cardinals as a reflection of the warming relations between the Vatican and the communist state of Vietnam.
German Cardinal-designate Karl-Josef Rauber said he would be more than content to continue his daily duties in the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.
Pope Benedict was keenly aware of his own waning strength while faced with such a demanding ministry, Archbishop Georg Ganswein told an Italian newspaper.
The pope began a meeting with some 150 cardinals to discuss reform of the Vatican bureaucracy by calling on them to speak boldly and to keep in mind the "salvation of souls."