Former St. Louis archbishop Raymond Burke named cardinal

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 9:29 a.m. CDT; updated 12:15 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 20, 2010
St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke speaks to the media after announcing his appointment to the office of the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura of Rome, in St. Louis. Archbishop Raymond Burke is one of the 24 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday during his weekly general audience at the Vatican City.

ST. LOUIS — A former archbishop in St. Louis is a new cardinal.

Raymond Burke was among 24 new cardinals announced Wednesday by Pope Benedict XVI, who is putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor.

Burke, 62, spent more than four years as St. Louis' archbishop before leaving in August 2008 to oversee the Vatican's supreme court, becoming the first American to hold that title.

Burke is a church law expert. The supreme court is traditionally headed by a cardinal.

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