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Three cardinal-electors have local ties
archived from: 2013-02-15

Three cardinals who have ties to the Diocese of Pittsburgh will vote in the upcoming conclave to choose a new pope.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

Cardinal DiNardo, 63, is the archbishop of Galveston-Houston. Pope Benedict XVI elevated Cardinal DiNardo to the College of Cardinals in 2007, making him the first cardinal archbishop from the southern United States and one of the cardinals who will select the next pope. Cardinal DiNardo is known for his efforts to unite a multicultural, multilingual flock of Christian faithful to live out the Gospel with passion and enthusiasm. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and his family moved to Pittsburgh where he studied for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary from St. Anne Parish in Castle Shannon. Cardinal DiNardo was ordained a priest in 1977. He worked for the Congregation for Bishops in Rome from 1984-91, then returned to Pittsburgh as a parish priest. In 1997, Cardinal DiNardo was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. He became coadjutor bishop of Galveston-Houston in March 2004, and the pope appointed Bishop DiNardo an archbishop and, in November 2007, elevated him to become the first cardinal from Texas.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley

Cardinal O’Malley, 68, was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and was raised in western Pennsylvania, where he entered St. Fidelis Franciscan Seminary in Herman, Butler County. At 21, he was professed into the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, commonly known as the Capuchins, and at 26 he was ordained a priest. After earning a master’s degree in religious education and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese literature from the Catholic University of America, he taught at Catholic University and founded Centro Catolico Hispano (Hispanic Catholic Center) in Washington, D.C., an organization that provided educational, medical and legal help to immigrants. Since being named a bishop in August 1984, he has served the dioceses of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands; Fall River, Mass.; and Palm Beach, Fla. Pope John Paul II appointed him archbishop of Boston in July 2003, and Pope Benedict XVI named him a cardinal in 2006.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Cardinal Wuerl, 72, is the archbishop of Washington and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Wuerl was born in Pittsburgh, and he was ordained to the priesthood in December 1966 from St. Mary of the Mount Parish in Mount Washington. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II in January 1986. He served as auxiliary bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years until his appointment to Washington. Cardinal Wuerl is known for his teaching ministry and is involved nationally and internationally in education, health care and social service organizations. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including the best-selling catechisms “The Teaching of Christ” and “The Catholic Way.” He hosted Pope Benedict XVI in Washington in April 2008 on the Holy Father’s historic journey to the United States. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the relator general for the October 2012 Vatican Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization.




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