VATICAN CITY — For Pope Benedict XVI, 2012 has been a year of momentous events: two consistories, a trip to Cuba and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council to name just a few.
Here, we take look back on seven of the top events during this pontifical year.
This was the year in which the Holy Father awarded two New Yorkers a red hat: Archbishops Timothy Dolan of New York and Edwin O’Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. They were among 22 distinguished Churchmen to be made cardinals at a consistory in Rome on Feb. 18. But the appointments were criticized for being top-heavy with European...READ MORE