Friday, January 06, 2012

At Red Dawn, New York Rises

Good morning, Your Eminence.

Minutes ago, B16 announced an 18 February consistory for the creation of 22 new cardinals... and in terms of news significance, the biglietto of nominees is indeed capped by the elevation of Timothy Michael Dolan, 61, the archbishop of New York and USCCB president.

Dolan will be one of three North Americans to receive the red hat at the rites, alongside Cardinals-designate Edwin O'Brien, 72, the former archbishop of Baltimore and now grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, and Thomas Collins of Toronto, who turns 65 next week.

Here, the group of cardinals-designate in full.

SVILUPPO: Likening the honor to "Pope Benedict putting the red hat on top of the Empire State Building, or the Statue of Liberty, or on home plate at Yankee Stadium," Dolan's full statement on his elevation has hit the wires.