Bishop Wuerl Elevated To Cardinal

ROME  (KDKA) – Former Pittsburgh bishop, Donald Wuerl, was elevated to cardinal Saturday morning at the Vatican in Rome.

Before going to Washington, D.C. to be the archbishop, Wuerl was the bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 18 years from 1988 until 2006.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he was extremely popular here, making this a very exciting time for the Pittsburgh Catholic community.

On Oct. 20, Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to elevate Wuerl.

“The excitement is having so many people here — people from home, people here who are here to enjoy this special moment,” Cardinal Wuerl said.

He hosted a reception for his family and friends who traveled to Rome for the elevation ceremony Friday night.

About 400 people showed up, including Bishop David Zubik, Father Larry DiNardo, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney and Wuerl’s brother, Wayne.

“It’s a very proud feeling, a very humbling feeling. And if you look around the room, you’ll see an awful lot of happy people,” Wayne Wuerl said.

“He’s really, truly a man of God and you feel it. You see it in how hard he works. His vocation is just so strong,” Judy Styperk said.

In all, 24 new Roman Catholic cardinals were installed today at the Vatican.

  • Tammy

    How Blessed we are to have representation from Pittsburgh! Thank you Arch-Bishop Wuerl for your service to Pittsburgh, to Catholics and to the world!

  • Pensfan66

    He is truly a wonderful being.

    • Habeus Mama

      This pope is packing the college of cardinals with supporters of his ultra-conservative social philosophy which is expressed not only as rhetoric, but also implemented with political pressure to influence civil legislation,

      For example, Pope Benedict’s extreme anti-gay position, or the American Conference of Bishops opposing Obama’s health care legislation because it MIGHT not be able to guarantee that even one dime of taxpayer money won’t go towards abortion coverage even with the very strong measures designed to prevent just that.

      Some examples of why he is a wonderful human being would be objective.

      • Pensfan66

        Makes me like him even more.

  • dennis

    Does anyone care that this man hid, defended and protected child molesters from law enforcement? Canon law is not the law of our land.

  • dennis

    It’s time in this country to start treating churches as taxable entities, held accountable for their finances like any other business. Who is worse, Bernie Madoff or Donald Wuerl,

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