Friday, May 25, 2007

Pope Names North Americans To 2 Vatican Offices

Pope Benedict XVI has named several North Americans as members of two Vatican offices.

He named Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, to be a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

The congregation includes responsibility for Catholic seminaries, and Archbishop O'Brien is the former rector of the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome.

Among other members of the congregation named May 24 were U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec.

Also May 24, the Vatican announced a married couple as new members of the Pontifical Council for the Family: Carl A. and Dorian Anderson of Madison, Conn.Carl Anderson is the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

He previously had served as a consultant to the family council and already is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and a consultant to the councils for justice and peace and for social communications.

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