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Germany gets two new Catholic cardinals

The Local · 20 Oct 2010, 15:54

Published: 20 Oct 2010 15:54 GMT+02:00

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They were among 24 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s square, Rome. Cardinals, sometimes known as “princes of the Church,” are advisers to the Pope but their key job is electing the pontiff.

Marx and Brandmüller will be officially elevated to cardinals on November 20. It was long expected that Marx, who has been Archbishop of Munich and Freising for two-and-a-half years, would be made a cardinal.

Since 1914, every Bishop of Munich and Freising has been appointed to the job. Marx, 57, becomes the 10th. His predecessor but one was Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict.

Brandmüller was for many years president of the Papal Commission for History – essentially the Vatican’s chief historian. Because he is 81-years-old, he is no longer eligible to vote in Papal elections – a right that cuts off at age 80.

The conclave that votes for the Pope will now be made up of 120 cardinals. The new appointments will bring to eight the number of German cardinals.

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16:26 October 20, 2010 by William Thirteen
well that should fix everything then....
20:10 October 20, 2010 by auniquecorn
yea, thats him officer.
07:21 October 21, 2010 by SRaab
and then he said, this is our little secret.
04:25 October 22, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Good. The coverups can start all over again with a clean slate.
19:11 October 23, 2010 by lordkorner
all I can say is who gives a flying fu*k
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