Thursday, October 21, 2010

Red Hats

The story — Benedict XVI Names 24 New Cardinals, Pope announces names of 24 new cardinals for a November consistory, Pope names 24 new cardinals, including two from United States. Three stand out.

First, the bishop "named in 2008 to head the Vatican's highest tribunal, [who] came to the post with the reputation of being one of the most outspoken U.S. bishops on moral and political issues" — Cardinal-designate Burke a vocal leader on moral, political issues. Second, "the only Asian among the 24 new cardinals," who has faithfully served as the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments — Sri Lankans welcome Mgr Malcolm Ranjith as a new cardinal.

Finally, and most excitingly, the maestro in perpetuo of the papal choir of the Sistine Chapel and a composer of sacred music in his own right, about whose elevation no English headline could be found — La Toscana ha un nuovo cardinale: Domenico Bartolucci.

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