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October 17, 2007


Pope Benedict XVI has announced the names of 23 prelates who will be created cardinals in a consistory to be held on November 24, the eve of the Feast of Christ the King. The consistory will be the second of his pontificate. Archbishop John P. Foley, a native of Sharon Hill, Delaware County, will be elevated to Cardinal in the consistory. Cardinal Rigali offered this statement following the Holy Father's announcement regarding Archbishop Foley:

I extend warm congratulations to Archbishop John Foley on being named to the College of Cardinals. From the place where he first learned the Catholic faith, heard the call to priesthood and entered its fullness as bishop, the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia rejoice in their native son. The honor he will receive in the upcoming consistory at the Vatican unites the people of this Archdiocese more closely with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

I have held Archbishop Foley in great esteem over the many years that we have both served the Church. I am confident that, as a Cardinal, he will remain a model of deep faith and dedication.

I ask all the Catholic faithful to join me in prayer on this joyous occasion. May the many gifts of Cardinal-Elect Foley continue to give glory to God through service to the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Editor's Notes: All are welcome to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of the elevation of Cardinal-elect Foley on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Cardinal-elect Foley will be the celebrant and Cardinal Rigali will be the homilist. All priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to concelebrate the Mass.

More information, including a biography and photo of Cardinal-elect Foley, can be found at under News and Press Releases.

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