The Most Reverend Lucian Muresan, Major Archbishop of the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek Catholic, and Chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Romania, will be appointed cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI during the February 18, 2012, council. The announcement was made by Pope Benedict XVI-himself, on Friday, January 6, at the end of the Holy Mass on the Solemnity of the Lord. Referring to the Most Reverend Lucian, the Holy Father stated: “I decided to raise to the dignity of cardinal a beloved bishop who acts as the Shepherd and Father of a Church”. “We are glad at this appointment, which comes as a gift for the Catholic Church in Romania and a sign meant to strengthen its sons’ faith,” His Eminence Ioan Robu, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest, stated in a press release. The Most Reverend Lucian Muresan will be the third Romanian cardinal, after Cardinal Iuliu Hossu and Cardinal Alexandru Todea. The Most Reverend Lucian Muresan was born on May 23, 1931, in Ferneziu, now a neighbourhood of Baia Mare. Between 1985 and 1990, he acted as the clandestine head of the Maramures Eparchy. In July 1994, he was appointed Archbishop of the Alba Iulia and Fagaras Archbishopric and Metropolitan of the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek Catholic, by Pope John Paul II and in December 2005 Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the dignity of Major Archbishop of the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek Catholic.