VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named six new cardinals Wednesday, adding prelates from Lebanon, the Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia, India, and the United States to the ranks of senior churchmen who will elect his successor.
Among them is Archbishop James Harvey, the American prefect of the papal household, whom the pope also named archpriest of a Roman basilica.
As prefect, Harvey was the direct superior of the pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, who was convicted Oct. 6 of stealing the pope’s private papers and leaking them to a reporter.
Benedict, 85, said they would be formally elevated Nov. 24.
Aside from Harvey, a Milwaukee native, the new cardinals are: archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan; archbishop of Bogota, Colombia, Ruben Salazar Gomez; archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio Tagle; patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in Lebanon, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai; and the major archbishop of the Trivandrum of the Siro-Malankaresi in India, His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal.