Prominent cardinal Dulles dies at 90

December 12, 2008 2:23:55 PM PST
Cardinal Avery Dulles, a convert to Roman Catholicism who was the first U.S. theologian named a cardinal, has died Friday. He was 90.Dulles, a Jesuit, died at Fordham University, where he was a professor, according to the Rev. Jim Martin.

Dulles was appointed to the College of Cardinals in 2001, making him the first American Jesuit to be named a cardinal.

A native of Auburn, N.Y., Avery Dulles was the son of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, who served under President Dwight Eisenhower. The cardinal's uncle was Allen Dulles, who led the Central Intelligence Agency, also in the Eisenhower administration.

When Pope Benedict visited the U.S. last year he had a private meeting with the cardinal in New York, underscoring Dulles' importance to the church.

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