US Pope Francis appoints America's first Black cardinal, Wilton Gregory
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ROME (AP) — A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways Wednesday despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe and growing criticism of his behavior and the example he is setting. Francis shunned a face mask again during his Wednesday general audience in the Vatican auditorium, and didn't wear one when he greeted a half-dozen mask-less bishops at the end. He shook hands and leaned in to chat privately with each one.
Last year, Wilton Gregory made history as Washington, DC's first African-American.
On Sunday, speaking following his Angelus prayer from St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis tapped Gregory to become America's first Black cardinal.
Archbishop Gregory is one of 13 to be elevated to the rank at a surprise, or ceremony.
In fact, Archbishop Gregory is the only Black archbishop in the United States.
The leader is known for guiding the Catholic Church through its clergy sexual abuse crisis in the early.
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Since 2005, he had led the Archdiocese of Atlanta, before being appointed Archbishop of Washington, DC in 2019.
The veteran leader was replacing Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned in October 2018, bowing to public anger over his role in the sexual abuse crisis.
Cardinals' primary responsibility is to elect a new pope, should he step down or die, according to the
Pope Francis confirmed that nine of the 13 new cardinals are under the age of 80, which means they would be eligible to elect his successor.
According to Vatican News, the official news agency of the, cardinals wear the distinctive red vestment to indicate their willingness to sacrifice themselves to the point of shedding "their own blood in the service of the Successor of Peter."
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Pope Francis announced the ceremony to install the new cardinals will take place on November 28.
Pope Francis names Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory first African American cardinal .
Gregory is one of 13 cardinals in a new class announced Sunday. The appointment comes as he’s 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.