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Pope Francis Names Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory First African American Cardinal

By: for The Washington Post on Oct. 30, 2020
World News
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Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington

ROME — Pope Francis will elevate Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington to cardinal next month, making him the first African American to hold the title.

Gregory is one of 13 cardinals in the new class Francis announced Sunday, a promotion that comes as he is trying to rebuild trust in an archdiocese rocked by sexual abuse cases.

The move was widely anticipated; Washington archbishops are typically elevated to cardinal after their appointments. But it is nonetheless symbolically significant in the U.S. Catholic Church, where Black people have been underrepresented among the leadership.

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