Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 1st Black US prelate

Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory among faithful elevated
Pope Francis in October 2020
Posted at 7:31 AM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 22:33:22-04

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has named Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory as one of 13 new cardinals.

Gregory will become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat.

In a surprise announcement to the faithful in St. Peter's Square, Francis said Sunday that the 13 churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal's rank on Nov. 28.

They also include an Italian who is the long-time papal preacher at the Vatican, and churchmen from Rwanda, the Philippines and Chile.

The selections of Gregory and of a Vatican bishop from Malta won praise from LGBTQ advocates in the United States, days after Pope Francis grabbed headlines for voicing support for civil unions for gay couples. 

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