George is not first cardinal elected bishops’ president

For you trivia buffs, Cardinal Francis E. George is not the first cardinal to be elected president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, as is being reported in some places.

The first was the late Cardinal John J. Krol of Philadelphia. He was elected vice president of the conference in 1966, was made a cardinal in 1967, and then was chosen president in 1971.

Another cardinal who also served as president of the bishops’ conference is retired Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore, but he became a cardinal in 1994, two years after his election as president.

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