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POPE-ARCHBISHOPS Sep-29-2003 (310 words) xxxi

Pope elevates three top aides to archbishop; one is American

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The day after naming 30 new cardinals, Pope John Paul II named three of his closest aides, including U.S. Bishop James M. Harvey, to the rank of archbishop.

Also given "the dignity of archbishop" Sept. 29 were Polish Bishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, 64, the pope's personal secretary for the past 37 years, and Italian Bishop Piero Marini, 61, the pope's master of liturgical ceremonies.

The three men were ordained bishops together in 1998 by Pope John Paul.

The Vatican's announcement of their new titles did not provide a reason for the changes.

During his 1998 homily at their episcopal ordination, the pope said the three men were "particularly tied" to his daily ministry as head of the universal church.

Archbishop Harvey, who will celebrate his 53rd birthday Oct. 20, is a native of Milwaukee who worked for years in the Vatican Secretariat of State before being named prefect of the papal household.

In 1998 the pope described Bishop Harvey's role as overseeing "the daily succession of audiences and meetings" that the pope holds with visiting heads of state, bishops from around the world and groups of Catholic faithful.

During the same ceremony, the pope told people gathered in St. Peter's Basilica that he had ordained Bishop Dziwisz to the priesthood in 1963. Three years later, he became the future pope's personal chaplain and secretary.

"From the beginning of my Petrine ministry, you have been at my side as my faithful secretary, sharing with me difficulties and joys, hopes and fears," Pope John Paul told him during the ordination Mass.

And, he told Bishop Marini, "You are alongside me at the most sacred moments, and you have always carried out with appreciated dedication the liturgical task I entrusted to you, faithfully accompanying me wherever the Petrine ministry has taken me."

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