- Apr 17, 2021
On Nov. 28, Pope Francis elevated 13 new cardinals from around the world to the College of Cardinals at a consistory in Rome. Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory, who has been Washington’s archbishop since 2019, was among them.
Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory of Washington said the Vatican’s report on former cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is a “tragic chronicle” about that churchman’s “unconscionable human violation.”
Washington, D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, soon to become the Roman Catholic Church’s first Black cardinal from the United States, hopes the U.S. hierarchy can broaden its concept of “pro-life” so that other pressing issues can be considered top priorities along with opposition to abortion.
They came in tweets, news releases and Instagram posts from old friends, women religious and brother bishops in various languages congratulating Washington’s Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.
On a day of history for the U.S. Catholic Church, Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory — who four hours earlier had learned Pope Francis had named him a cardinal — celebrated his first Mass as a cardinal-designate Oct. 25 at Holy Angels Church in Avenue in Southern Maryland.
Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Catholic Church, a historic appointment that comes months after nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice.
Urging Catholics to “never forget nor neglect to welcome” all of God’s people, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington highlighted the inclusivity of Jesus during a special White Mass for people with disabilities.
People who know Bishop-designate William D. Byrne, named by Pope Francis Oct. 14 to head the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, say he reflects what Pope Francis has called “the joy of the Gospel” — happily sharing Christ’s love and hope with others.