Monday, April 25, 2005

New status for Cardinal Arinze

Vatican, Apr. 25 ( - Pope Benedict XVI has raised Cardinal Francis Arinze to the rank of cardinal-bishop, making him one of the ranking members of the College of Cardinals.

The cardinal-bishops hold the top ceremonial status within the College of Cardinals. There are normally six cardinal-bishops, and since Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (bio - news) had held that rank, his election to the papacy had created an opening, which is now filled by Cardinal Arinze.
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