VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI clearly put his stamp on the group that will eventually elect his successor by naming 22 new cardinals Friday, including prelates in key posts such as New York and Hong Kong.

The group is heavy on Europeans, particularly Italians holding important Vatican posts, and includes only three prelates from outside the West: a Brazilian, an Indian and a Chinese.

The list includes two Americans: Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the former archbishop of Baltimore.