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Milwaukee Catholic Archbishop shares praise for future cardinal James Harvey


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee’s Catholic Archbishop has high praise for Wisconsin native James Harvey – the long-time Vatican assistant who’s being elevated to cardinal.

Pope Benedict said Wednesday that six prelates would be elevated in a consistory planned for November 24th.

The 63-year-old Harvey was the only American to be promoted. He was raised in Milwaukee, and Archbishop Jerome Listecki said Harvey has always kept Milwaukee his home – and he makes sure he stays connected to his home archdiocese.

Listecki called Harvey a “dedicated and faithful servant to the universal church,” and he said the appointment was a tribute to the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

Harvey will become one of 120 prelates who will elect the next pope when the time comes. Benedict is now 85.

Harvey served one year as the assessor in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State before he was named in 1998 as the prefect of the papal household. He organizes the pope’s schedule, escorts visiting dignitaries at the Vatican, and joins the pontiff at his weekly general audiences. Harvey became an archbishop in 2003.

As part of his new promotion, he’ll become the Archpriest at the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. Harvey was born in Milwaukee in 1949, but he studied in Rome and was ordained there.