Archbishop Timothy Dolan Among 22 New Cardinals Named By Pope Benedict XVI

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Pope Benedict the XVI has named 22 new cardinals and among them, Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

Pope Benedict will elevate him to cardinal along with 21 others from Hong Kong, Berlin, Prague and from some key Vatican offices.

Dolan was named archbishop of new york by Pope Benedict in February of 2009. He had earlier served as archbishop of Milwaukee after being named to the post by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

Dolan released a statement following the announcement:

On this “Twelfth Day of Christmas” the traditional celebration of the Epiphany, I have received a gift from Pope Benedict XVI, as he announced just a couple of hours ago at the end of Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica that I would be among those to become a cardinal in Rome at the consistory of February 18th.

Yes, I am honored, humbled, and grateful, …but, let’s be frank: this is not about Timothy Dolan; this is an honor from the Holy Father to the Archdiocese of New York, and to all our cherished friends and neighbors who call this great community home.

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