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Pope announces Pell elevation to College of Cardinals

Sydney's Archbishop George Pell is one of 30 new cardinals Pope John Paul named last night Australian time at Sunday Mass in the Vatican.

"It is a signal honour to be appointed a cardinal of the Catholic Church," he told The Age. "As Archbishop of Sydney my appointment also recognises the contribution of the Catholic community to Australian life."

Pell's appointment means Australia will have a disproportionately high number of electors in the Papal Conclave if Pope John Paul II dies before December (when Cardinal Edward Clancy turns 80), or next July (when Cardinal Edward Cassidy turns 80).

The College of Cardinals' most prominent function is to elect a new Pope following the death or abdication of the incumbent.

The Pope will formally elevate the group at a consistory on 21 October, coinciding with celebrations marking his 25th anniversary as leader of the world's largest Christian denomination.

Archbishops from Nigeria, France, Sudan, Spain, Scotland, Brazil, Ghana, India, Croatia, Vietnam, Guatemala, Hungary, Canada, Italy and the United States were also elevated.

Dr Pell, Archbishop of Sydney since 2001, was destined to be made a cardinal when he was selected for the Sydney archdiocese because traditionally it is a "red-hat" posting.

The Age

List of Cardinals Named Sunday by Pope
Cardinal Pell available to speak to Media this morning (Catholic Communications Sydney)
Archdiocese of Sydney
Bishop 'disappointed' over Pell's promotion (Sydney Morning Herald)
Pell's promotion 'disappointing' (The Australian)
Pell becomes a cardinal (Australian Financial Review)
Sydney archbishop nominated cardinal (SBS)
George Pell becomes a cardinal (ABC Radio 'AM') | Bishop [Pat Power] of Canberra on Pell's appointment
John Paul II Appoints 31 New Cardinals (Zenit)
Among Surprises: a Sudanese and a Vietnamese (Zenit)
Ghana's 1st Cardinal-Designate Marvels at God's "Timetable" (Zenit)
Announcement of New Cardinals
News of the Consistory, Amid the Darkness (Zenit)
Pope names news cardinals; consistory October 21 (Catholic World News)
Pope appoints Scottish cardinal (BBC)
Press reports fuel speculation that pope will name cardinals soon (Catholic News Service)
Pope announces George Pell as new cardinal (ABC/Reuters)
Pope appoints new cardinals (Ananova)
Pell's road to Rome (The Australian)
Pope John Paul appoints 31 new cardinals (ABC)
Pope makes Pell a cardinal (The Australian)
Introducing Australia's new cardinal (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sydney priest to become a cardinal (Daily Telegraph)
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Pell made a cardinal (The Advertiser)
Pope John Paul II names 30 new cardinals to group that will elect his successor (AP)
Rumours suggest Pell could be named cardinal soon (19/8/03)
Speculation puts Pell in Ratzinger job (25/8/03)
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Pell cleared of sex allegations (The Age 14/10/02)
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29 Sep 2003