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Pope names St. Louis native Cardinal

Jan 6, 2012

Choosing the next Pope in Rome will be among a St. Louis native's new responsibilities when he is elevated to Cardinal next month.  New York's Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, is among 22 new Cardinals being appointed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Dolan grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin and attended high school at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South. In the early 90s Dolan became vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

He said he is used to the color red.

"When I was growing up in St. Louis there were two great Cardinals," Dolan said. "The first was Stan Musial. And I have to admit I wanted to be like him. And the second was the Archbishop of St. Louis - Joseph Cardinal Ritter. The word 'cardinal' growing up when I was a kid was associated with giant towering figures."

Dolan served as St. Louis's auxiliary bishop in 2001, then went on to serve as Archbishop of Milwaukee, and later to New York where he is currently Archbishop.