Patriarch is appointed Cardinal

On October 24, 2012, during his weekly General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI announced a consistory for the creation of six new Cardinals of the Catholic Church. “It is with great joy that I announce my intention to hold a consistory on November 24th in which I will appoint six new members of the College of Cardinals. Pope Benedict XVI proceeded to read out the names of the new cardinals. They are:

Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Prefect of the Pontifical Household who, Pope Benedict XVI said, “I intend to appoint as Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls”

His Beatitude Bechara Boutros [Peter] Rai, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon