Karl Cardinal Lehmann Karl Cardinal Lehmann
Function:
Bishop of Mainz, Germany
Title:
Cardinal Priest of San Leone I
Birthdate:
May 16, 1936
Country:
Germany
Elevated:
Feb 21, 2001
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English Lehmann’s Reaction to his Appointment as Cardinal
Sept 15, 2004
Lehmann himself was astounded when the nuncio’s phone call came through on the Friday telling him to prepare himself for the appointment on Sunday. He subsequently told journalists in Rome that he had asked the nuncio, "Are you joking?"

(The Tablet April 28 2001) Nothing went with clockwork precision this time. It was unusual enough for the names of the cardinals to be announced in two batches on two consecutive Sundays in January. The German bishops hardly had time to express their disappointment that Karl Lehmann, the president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference, had once again been passed over before he was indeed given the red hat a week later. Lehmann himself was astounded when the nuncio’s phone call came through on the Friday telling him to prepare himself for the appointment on Sunday. He subsequently told journalists in Rome that he had asked the nuncio, "Are you joking?"
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