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Former Atlanta Archbishop Gregory to be first African American cardinal

By Shelia Poole, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Pope Francis has named 13 new cardinals, including former Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, according to The Vatican News.

Gregory, currently the Archbishop of Washington, will become the first African American cardinal.

The pope made the announcement Sunday while holding a service in St. Peter’s Square. The additions to the College of Cardinals become effective next month, according to reports.

Gregory served as archbishop of Atlanta from 2005 through part of 2019 when he was named to the post in Washington, D.C.

A native of Chicago, Gregory, 72, was ordained a Catholic priest there in 1973, according to the Atlanta Catholic web site, archatl.com.

He is the former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2001 to 2004.

Under his leadership, in June 2002, the bishops implemented the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” which lays out a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, according to the USCCB website.