On several occasions it has been the announced intention of the Vatican to recognize the increasing importance of America in the Catholic world by the creation of more American cardinals.

Never have there been more than four American cardinals. In fact, there have been only six American cardinals in history.

On Dec. 23 the Pope will hold a public consistory for the creation of cardinals. It is firmly believed that he will confer the red hat upon at least one and probably two American prelates. The most...

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