Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
On February 22, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the 44 new cardinals that were installed last week by Pope John Paul II. "The number of cardinals installed was a record," as was the geographical diversity of the group. "The new cardinals reflected the pope's strategy for the church of 1 billion adherents in the new millennium. John Paul beefed up the Latin American contingent, elevated prelates from the Middle East, where the church is struggling to survive, and installed two Ukrainians, a new battleground for the church... Cardinals serve as advisers to popes, but their most important job is to elect a successor to the pontiff."