Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of the Galveston-Houston archdiocese as one of two Americans to become cardinals. He’s the first ever in Texas to be elevated to the elite ranks of the “princes” of the Roman Catholic Church.
Eighteen of the 23 are under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pontiff. Benedict said he would elevate the prelates at a Vatican ceremony Nov. 24.
Another American is Archbishop John Foley, a longtime Vatican official who was recently named grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a lay religious community that aims to protect the rights of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land.
DiNardo’s nomination was something of a surprise. He was only named archbishop last year, although he worked for six years at the Vatican in the Congregation of Bishops. He will be the first Roman Catholic archbishop in Texas to be elevated to cardinal.