Meet the 11 Americans who will help choose the next pope

There will be 11 Americans among the 118 Roman Catholic cardinals who will convene in the Sistine Chapel in mid-March … Continued

There will be 11 Americans among the 118 Roman Catholic cardinals who will convene in the Sistine Chapel in mid-March to elect the next pope. They range from leaders of major archdioceses to retired prelates to top officials in the Vatican bureaucracy.

Here’s a look at the American “princes of the church” who will vote for the next leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics:

Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

Age: 64

Born: June 30, 1948 in Richland Center, Wis.

Education: Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

Ordained a priest: 1975 in Rome

Posts held: bishop of La Crosse, Wis. (1994-2003); archbishop of St. Louis, Mo. (2004-2008); prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (2008-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI

Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas

Age: 63

Born: May 23, 1949 in Steubenville, Ohio

Education: Catholic University of America, Duquesne University (Pittsburgh)

Ordained a priest: 1977 in Pittsburgh

Posts held: coadjutor bishop of Sioux City, Iowa (1997-1998); bishop of Sioux City, Iowa (1998-2004); coadjutor archbishop of Galveston-Houston (2004-2006); archbishop of Galveston-Houston (2006-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York

Age: 63

Born: Feb. 6, 1950 in St. Louis

Education: Catholic University of America, Pontifical North American College (Rome), Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome), and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (Shrewsbury, Mo.)

Ordained a priest: 1976 in St. Louis

Posts held: rector of Pontifical North American College (1994-2001); auxiliary bishop of St. Louis (2001-2002); archbishop of Milwaukee (2002-2009); archbishop of New York (2009-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI

Francis E. George, archbishop of Chicago

Age: 76

Born: Jan. 16, 1937

Education: Catholic University of America, Tulane University (New Orleans) and University of Ottawa

Ordained a priest: 1963 in Chicago

Posts held: bishop of Yakima, Wash. (1990-1996); archbishop of Portland, Ore. (1996-1997); archbishop of Chicago (1997-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 1998 by Pope John Paul II

James M. Harvey, archpriest of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls Basilica in Rome

Age: 63

Born: Oct. 20, 1949 in Milwaukee

Education: St. Francis Seminary (St. Francis, Wis.), Pontifical Gregorian University and Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (Rome)

Ordained a priest: 1975 in Rome

Posts held: prefect of Prefecture of the Papal Household (1998-2012); archpriest of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls Basilica (2012-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI

William J. Levada, retired

Age: 76

Born: June 15, 1936 in Long Beach, Calif.

Education: St. John’s Seminary (Camarillo, Calif.), Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University

Ordained a priest: 1961 in Rome

Posts held: auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles (1983-1986); archbishop of Portland, Ore. (1986-1995); archbishop of San Francisco (1995-2005); prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (2005-2012)

Elevated to cardinal: 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI

Roger M. Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles

Age: 76

Born: Feb. 27, 1936 in Los Angeles

Education: Catholic University of America

Ordained a priest: 1962 in Fresno

Posts held: auxiliary bishop of Fresno (1975-1980); bishop of Stockton, Calif. (1980-1985); archbishop of Los Angeles (1985-2011); archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles (2011-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 1991 by Pope John Paul II

Edwin F. O’Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Age: 73

Born: April 8, 1939 in New York

Education: St. Joseph’s Seminary (Yonkers, N.Y.), Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas

Ordained a priest: 1965 in New York

Posts held: rector of Pontifical North American College (1990-1994); auxiliary bishop of New York (1996-1997); archbishop of U.S. Military Services (1997-2007); archbishop of Baltimore (2007-2011); grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (2012-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI

Sean P. O’Malley, archbishop of Boston

Age: 68

Born: June 29, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio

Education: St. Fidelis Seminary (Butler, Pa.), Capuchin College (Washington, D.C.), and Catholic University of America

Ordained a priest: 1970 in Pittsburgh

Posts held: bishop of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (1985-1992); bishop of Fall River, Mass. (1992-2002); bishop of Palm Beach (2002-2003); archbishop of Boston (2003-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI

Justin F. Rigali, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia

Age: 77

Born: April 19, 1935 in Los Angeles

Education: Catholic University of America, Pontifical Gregorian University

Ordained a priest: 1961 in Los Angeles

Posts held: president of Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy of the Roman Curia (1985-1989); secretary to the Congregation for Bishops (1989-1994); secretary to the College of Cardinals (1990-1994); archbishop of St. Louis (1994-2003); archbishop of Philadelphia (2003-2011)

Elevated to cardinal: 2003 by Pope John Paul II

Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Age: 72

Born: Nov. 12, 1940 in Pittsburgh

Education: St. Gregory Seminary (Cincinnati), Catholic University of America, Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas

Ordained a priest: 1966 in Rome

Posts held: auxiliary bishop of Seattle (1985-1987); bishop of Pittsburgh (1988-2006); archbishop of Washington, D.C (2006-present)

Elevated to cardinal: 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI

Retired American cardinals who are too old to vote:

William Baum, former archbishop of Washington and Major Penitentiary at the Vatican

Edward Egan, former archbishop of New York

William Keeler, former archbishop of Baltimore

Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston

Adam Maida, former archbishop of Detroit

Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington

James Stafford, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary

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