Archbishop Edwin O’Brien Credits Baltimore Catholics For His Elevation To Cardinal

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– This Saturday, Baltimore’s own Archbishop Edwin O’Brien will be elevated to cardinal.

Mary Bubala shares his thoughts as he prepares for his most holy honor.

All this week, direct from Rome, the Catholic Review is sharing its coverage with WJZ.

The ceremony is one of the most important ever at the Vatican. Archbishop O’Brien is now in Rome where he’s days away from becoming a cardinal.

O’Brien– along with 21 others — will kneel before the pope on Saturday who will place the traditional red, four-cornered silk hat on their heads during a lively ceremony.

It’s a significant moment for Baltimore Catholics, who 18 years ago watched the elevation of Cardinal William Keeler in 1994.

Baltimore has only witnessed the making of a cardinal two other times– in 1965 and in 1886.

A contingent from Baltimore arrived in Rome Wednesday and celebrated Mass with Cardinal-designate O’Brien.

The Catholic Review spoke with O’Brien in Rome. He became emotional thinking about what this means to Catholics here at home.

“I would not be here if it were not for them,” he said. “I just want to make sure they are very much part of the ceremony in the liturgies that we celebrate and the gatherings we mark. It’s not just a select few. It’s going to be all the faithful of the Archdiocese and they deserve the honor as much as I do.”

Before being named Baltimore’s 15th archbishop, O’Brien previously served as archbishop for the military services from 1997 to 2007.

If you would like to hear more about the elevation, go to the Catholic Review’s website.

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  • Steve Wilson

    Just what makes this earth shaking news? You never hear about any other religion, especially Protestant, but there will be massive local media coverage for an agent of a foreign country that supported the Nazis, both during and after the war, that repeatedly violates our Constitution, that drains funds from this and other countries, and is rift with child molesters. Is O’Brien surrendering his U.S. citizenship?


    May the Grace of God go with him in his Holy Appointment.

  • Baltimore 62

    It amazes me when i see how the media will give the Catholic church special coverage but not other faiths or Christian denominations.The Catholic church is just a denomination,it is not a special holy appointment that is above other Christian denominations.The Church does not speak for all christians,the Church has some beliefs not all christians agree with.Please be fair and give other faiths similar press special coverage..or the suspicion of bias will prevail.

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