Friday, October 22, 2010

Angelicum alumnus will be created a cardinal at the next consistory

Pope Benedict XVI has announced the creation of 24 new cardinals, including Angelicum alumnus and current President of the International Dominican Foundation: Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.

Twenty of the new cardinals are under the age of 80, and thus eligible to vote for the next pope.

A consistory, the event in which new members formally enter the College of Cardinals, is set for Nov. 20, 2010 in Rome. It will be the third consistory of Benedict’s papacy, after previous editions in March 2006 and November 2007.

All told, Benedict XVI has now appointed 50 of the roughly 120 cardinals who will elect his successor.

Another Angelicum alumnus destined eventually to become a cardinal, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, was not on the list because his predecessor, Edward Egan, is still under 80.