Pope Benedict creates William Levada, former US
Archbishop, a Cardinal
Former US Archbishop William Levada
February 22, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI today created Archbishop William
Levada a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
Levada served as head of the San Francisco Roman
Catholic Archdiocese until May 13, 2005, when he was appointed
prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The pope elevated 15 church leaders to the College
of Cardinals including a second American, Boston Archbishop Sean
Those named today will be elevated during a ceremony
at the Vatican on March 24. Twelve of them, including O'Malley
and Levada, are under 80 and will be eligible to vote in a conclave
to select Benedict's successor.
Including Levada and O'Malley, there will be 14
Compiled from Catholic News Service reports.