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Brooklyn church designated to cathedral before Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation

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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (PIX11)– It was one of his last acts as pontiff, before he announced his retirement.

Now Pope Emeritus Benedict the 16th elevated the church of St. Joseph to co-cathedral status in the diocese of Brooklyn.

The prospect heights church joins St. James cathedral basilica in downtown Brooklyn, serving as the seat of the bishop.

Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio petitioned the Vatican for cathedral status because it’s one of the largest churches in the diocese, which can accommodate 15-hundred people.