Pope names 24 new cardinalsSource
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI has named 24 new cardinals, including a large number of Italians, two Americans and prelates for key posts in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
The new cardinals include Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and Archbishop Raymond Burke, formerly the La Crosse, Wis., bishop who now leads a Vatican court. Burke has been sharply critical of the Democratic Party in the United States for its support of abortion rights.
The pope made the announcement Wednesday, putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor.
Other key posts were Warsaw, Munich, Kinshasa, Quito, Lusaka, Zambia, and Sri Lanka.
Congratulations and prayers to Archbishop Burke!
Read Archbishop Burke's statement on the announcement of the consistory for the creation of Cardinals here