New Cardinal from Texas Ponders Role in Catholic Faith

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HOUSTON (AP) - Last month, Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo was selected by the pope as the state's first Roman Catholic cardinal.

DiNardo, who leads the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, will travel today from Houston to a Vatican ceremony that will welcome him into the top ranks of Roman Catholic clerics.

On Saturday, DiNardo will kneel before Pope Benedict the 16th in St. Peter's Square and accept the red biretta that symbolizes his membership in the College of Cardinals.

The cardinals take on additional duties at the Vatican and sometimes serve as advisers to the pope. DiNardo will be among 120 members younger than 80 who one day will choose Benedict's successor.