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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The new cardinals. Only one current American ordinary, and not one anyone was expecting: Archbp. Daniel DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston. What gives? Even gossipy Whispers can only say "Don't Mess With Texas" and attribute the choice -- as everyone else is doing -- to the growing influence of Hispanics the the "American Catholicism's gravitational shift to the south."

Anything special about Cardinal-elect DiNardo?

Also: new cardinals for Bombay and Senegal.