Oct 20 - Cardinal O'Malley Statement on Cardinal-Designate Wuerl and Cardinal-Designate Burke*

"On behalf of the Archdiocese of Boston, I am pleased to extend my congratulations and prayerful best wishes to Archbishops Donald W. Wuerl and Raymond L. Burke on being named to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI.  Our Holy Father has chosen these men to assist him in the important task of guiding the Universal Church.  Both of them bring a deep and abiding love for Christ and His people to their new roles.

Cardinal-designate Wuerl and Cardinal-designate Burke have distinguished themselves as teachers of the faith and untiring servants of the Church.  As our Holy Father calls them to the College of Cardinals, I pledge my prayerful support, and I ask the people of the Archdiocese of Boston to pray for these fine men, these great examples of priestly charity, as they assume their responsibilities as Cardinals in the service of our Holy Father and the Universal Church."

About the Archdiocese of Boston: The Diocese of Boston was founded on April 8, 1808 and was elevated to Archdiocese in 1875. Currently serving the needs of nearly 2 million Catholics, the Archdiocese of Boston is an ethnically diverse and spiritually enriching faith community consisting of 291 parishes, across 144 communities, educating approximately 46,000 students in its Catholic schools and 156,000 in religious education classes each year, ministering to the needs of 200,000 individuals through its pastoral and social service outreach and in support of a health care ministry that meets the needs of some 1 million patients each year.   Mass is celebrated in nearly twenty different languages each week. For more information, please visit  www.BostonCatholic.org.

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