Pope Francis stated Sunday that he would elevate 13 males to the rank of cardinal, together with Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., who will change into the primary Black American to obtain the honour.
Cardinal-designate Gregory’s promotion reinforces his standing as a serious Black American chief at a time when the U.S. is debating the legacy of historic racism and lots of throughout the nation have demonstrated for racial justice.
He would be the first American cardinal named since 2016, when the pope elevated Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark and Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican workplace for household points.
The pope made the announcement from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Sq., following his customary recitation of the midday Angelus prayer. He stated he would make the boys cardinals in a ceremony referred to as a consistory on Nov. 28.