Earlier today, the Holy Father announced that Archbishop Wuerl, shepherd of our neighboring Archdiocese of Washington, will be elevated to become a cardinal. His Eminence Donald Cardinal-designate Wuerl is one of 24 bishops to receive this appointment, among them His Eminence Raymond Cardinal-designate Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and former Archbishop of St. Louis.
Bishop Loverde warmly congratulates Cardinal-designate Wuerl saying:
“I rejoice that among the new members of the College of Cardinals appointed earlier today by Pope Benedict XVI, we find two from these United States: His Eminence Raymond Cardinal-designate Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, and His Eminence Donald Cardinal-designate Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. In the name of this diocesan Church of Arlington and in my own name, I congratulate them and assure them of our prayerful support and respect.”
“His [Cardinal-designate Wuerl’s] appointment to the College of Cardinals signals not only the significance of the Washington Archdiocese within the Church in these United States and beyond, but also the admiration and esteem in which the new Cardinal is held by Our Holy Father and by all of us who have witnessed first-hand the many gifts of mind and heart with which he is endowed and which he has placed so generously and assiduously at the service of the Church dear to him and to all of us.”
You may read the full statement here.
For more on this Papal appointment, read Catholic News Service’s Pope names 24 new cardinals, including two from United States.