UK Cardinal Named to Bishop Congregation

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 30, 2009 ( Benedict XVI appointed the retired archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, to two Vatican congregations that oversee episcopal appointments.

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The Vatican press office announced today that the Pope named the cardinal as member of the Congregation for Bishops and of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Both congregations have the task to present the Holy Father with possible candidates to be bishops.

The Congregation for Bishops is charged with the appointments for most of Europe and the Americas, while the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples takes care of the appointments in mission territories.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, 77, retired as the archbishop of Westminster in April. He was succeeded by Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

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