Vatican picks 2 local clergymen to become cardinals

Two archbishops with strong local ties have been named cardinals by the Vatican.New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, of Baltimore, are two

NEW YORK - Two archbishops with strong local ties have been named cardinals by the Vatican.

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, of Baltimore, are two of 22 prelates who will be elevated to cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church in a formal ceremony Feb. 18. O'Brien was the former rector of the St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.

Pope Benedict XVI made the announcement on Friday following an Epiphany Mass that ends the Vatican's top Christmas celebrations.

Cardinals are the pope's key advisers and are members of the group that will eventually elect the pope?s successor.

Dolan says he'll have more decision-making responsibilities, but will continue to work as archbishop for New York.

He made the comments after celebrating Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan this morning.

AP reports were used in this article.

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