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Four cardinals with PA ties can vote for next pope

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 11, 2013 11:01 AM
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(Undated) -- Four U.S. cardinals with Pennsylvania roots and ties will be eligible to vote for the next pope.

Bishop David Zubik says that Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl was born in Pittsburgh and is a former bishop of that city.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo is also a former bishop of Pittsburgh, and Cardinal Sean O'Malley grew up in the city.

Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, the retired archbishop of Philadelphia, will also be eligible to vote for a new pope.

 Zubik, the current bishop of Pittsburgh, spoke hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. 

Meantime, some Roman Catholics in Cumberland County  are speculating about who will succeed Pope Benedict XVI, and some say they'd like to see a younger person as their spiritual leader. 

At St. Theresa's Church in New Cumberland, parish manager Elaine Herald says Benedict's retirement could open the door for a younger, progressive pope, perhaps a black person, who will lead efforts to rebuild membership.

She says the church needs to change relatively minor rules that are driving members away.

Next door at St. Theresa's School, which includes students in kindergarten through eighth grade, Principal Matt Shore says Benedict deserves credit for recognizing the limitation of his age and stepping aside.

Shore says he hopes Benedict will have input in the selection of his successor.

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