Pope Francis names Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory first African American cardinal
ROME —Pope Francis said Sunday he would elevateArchbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington to cardinal next month, making him the first African American to hold the title.
Gregory, 72, is one of 13 cardinals in the new class announced by Francis on 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’s nonetheless symbolically significant in the U.S. Catholic Church, where Blacks have been underrepresented among the leadership.
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