First Black American Cardinal appointed by Pope Francis

First Black American Cardinal appointed by Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday named the diocese supervisor of Washington, Wilton Gregory, a cardinal; making him the principal African American to hold the situation in the Catholic church’s most noteworthy overseeing body.


The progression of Archbishop Gregory comes after calls for racial equity have expanded; moving the concentration as well as discussion about race in the U.S.


“By naming Archbishop Wilton Gregory as a Cardinal, Pope Francis is sending an amazing message of expectation; and incorporation to the Church in the United States,” Archbishop José H. Gomez, the leader of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,  said in a statement.


Archbishop Gregory has pushed for Church leaders to improve race relations; and has also emphasized how important it was for young Black Catholics to see a bishop who looked like them.


“Ours is the task and the privilege of advancing the goals that were so eloquently expressed 57 years ago; by such distinguished voices on that day;” Gregory said during a Mass commemorating the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington in August.


He added that “men and women, young and old; people of every racial as well as ethnic background are needed in this effort.”



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Amid protests concerning police brutality and racial injustice after the death of George Floyd; Gregory was among a group of Catholic leaders who criticized President Trump for staging a picture in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House this summer.


“I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused; and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles; which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree,” Gregory said in a statement.

The newly elected cardinal has been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community in the Church, an advocate for immigration reform; and a commissioner of a climate action plan for Catholics at Church and at home to protect the environment.



First Black American Cardinal appointed by Pope Francis



Nine of the 13 men named as new cardinals on Sunday, including Gregory, are younger than 80; and are qualified to partake in the following meeting to choose Francis’ replacement.


The new cardinals picked by Francis reverberation his thoughts; making it plausible that the school will choose somebody like him.


The function to enlist the new cardinals is set for November 28 in Rome.


Given worries over COVID-19 and new limitations emerging in Italy; the Vatican didn’t give any insights concerning the function; wherein the pope genuinely puts red caps onto the tops of the new cardinals.


It’s additionally muddled whether a portion of the diocesans will be capable to make the excursion; because of movement limitations in numerous pieces of the nation.









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