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Galveston-Houston Archbishop Named to College of Cardinals

The leader of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese is one of 23 new Cardinals designate named by Pope Benedict the 16th. It’s the first time Texas has had a Roman Catholic Cardinal. Houston Public Radio’s Capella Tucker reports Archbishop Daniel DiNardo will remain chief pastor to this area’s 1.3 million Roman Catholics in the region. Click to […]

The leader of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese is one of 23 new Cardinals designate named by Pope Benedict the 16th. It’s the first time Texas has had a Roman Catholic Cardinal. Houston Public Radio’s Capella Tucker reports Archbishop Daniel DiNardo will remain chief pastor to this area’s 1.3 million Roman Catholics in the region.

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Cardinal designate DiNardo says he’s humbled and surprised.

“I’m a kid from Pittsburg who just happened to be named; I’m honored, but humbled to be in such company.”

DiNardo says this appointment is a reflection of the growth of the Catholic population in the region.  He says it’s not just from the influx of Hispanics.

“We have a very large population of Vietnamese Catholics and Philipino.  We have a Chinese parish; we have a Korean parish, so we are watching the growth from the Pacific.”

DiNardo says his joining the College of Cardinals does not change the day-in and day-out workings of the Archdiocese.  The College of Cardinals serves as advisors to the Pope and selects the successor upon the pontiff’s death.  University of Saint Thomas Associate Theology Professor Father Daniel Callam says it’s an honor that filters down to everyone in the church.

“Suddenly now here we are for the first time in the ecclesiastical big leagues, up there with Paris and London and Tokyo and Buenos Aires and so on and so, it’s really I think a big lift for the whole place.”

DiNardo started at a church in Pittsburg and spent about six years in Rome at the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops before returning to the United States.  Father Callam says relatively speaking DiNardo is young at 58 years old. 

“The Archbishop himself, or Cardinal elect I should say, is very strong on attracting young men especially to the seminary, but also generally speaking in engaging Catholics in their Christian vocation right across the board.”

Cardinal designate DiNardo says he’s inspired by the young adults in the church.

“Our young people are enthused and solid and I’m very impressed with the young people here in Galveston-Houston.  So if in fact any further of my work or any of my enthusiasm can go to them and they might consider priesthood, then, blessed be God, I would love it.”

DiNardo became the archbishop of Galveston-Houston in February of last year.  He will continue in his role here, but his additional duties will require him to travel to Rome about twice a year.  Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.

 

 

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