Pope Francis appoints America's First Black Cardinal - Wilton Gregory

Wilton Gregory

The Catholic Church in America will be getting its first Black Cardinal next month and his name is Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis made this announcement today from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square. Archbishop Wilton Gregory is among the thirteen names to be elevated to the rank at a surprise consistory, or ceremony.

He led the Archdiocese of Atlanta since 2005 and was appointed Archbishop of Washington, DC in 2019.

72-year old Gregory will be replacing Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned in October 2018, bowing to public anger over his role in the sexual abuse crisis.

Gregory has been active in the Roman Catholic Church in advocating for the prevention of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic religious, and for implementing policies to protect the faithful from sexual abuse by Roman Catholic religious.

The ceremony to install the new cardinals will take place on November 28.

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