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Archbishop O'Brien leaving Baltimore for post in Rome
Archbishop O'Brien leaving Baltimore for post in Rome

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien flies to Rome next month for a new job leading a global order of Catholic knights, a post that likely will lead to his elevation to cardinal, but which also begins his departure from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Pope Benedict XVI named O'Brien, 72, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the Vatican announced Monday. The predominantly lay order, which traces its history to the 11th-century Crusades, now ministers to Christians and people of other faiths in historical Palestine. Informed of the appointment by Benedict earlier this month, O'Brien said he accepted instantly, although he wrote the pope that it is with...

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