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Former Baltimore Archbishop Named Cardinal

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A former archbishop of Baltimore will become a cardinal next month, after the pope announced his selection today.

Edwin O'Brien, 72, is one of 22 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict the 16th. O'Brien served in Baltimore from October 2007 to August 2011. At that point the pope appointed him grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

As cardinal, O'Brien will serve as an adviser to the pope and be eligible to vote in papal elections until his 80th birthday.

Only one other American was among those named by the pope today -- Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York.

They will be elevated in a formal ceremony February 18th.


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