Roman Catholics: Princely Promotions

Pope Paul VI is a leader who loves to spring a surprise or set a new record. Last week he did both by announcing that he intends to create 35 new cardinals—the largest number ever named at one time—thereby raising membership in the Sacred College to an alltime record of 136. In his six years as Pope, Paul has elevated 89 prelates to the college, more than any other pontiff in history.

The 33 named last week*—to be formally elevated at a consistory April 28—are from 19 different nations. Eight are Italians, but the four Americans chosen raise the number of...

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