NEW YORK (WTAQ) - Former Milwaukee Catholic Archbishop Tim Dolan will be elevated to a cardinal next month.
He was among 22 new cardinals named this morning by Pope Benedict. They’ll be elevated in a Vatican ceremony on February 18th.
Dolan was the archbishop in 10 southeast Wisconsin counties from 2002 until early 2009, when he became the Archbishop of New York.
Dolan said he was “honored, humbled, and grateful” to be chosen as a cardinal. But he said the promotion was not about himself as it was about, “an affirmation of love from the Pope to a celebrated archdiocese and community.”
18 of the new cardinals, including Dolan, are under the age of 80 – and that means they’ll be part of a secret conclave to elect a new pope after Benedict dies.
About 120 cardinals now serve as papal electors.