Pope Francis on Oct. 25, 2020, named Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory as one of 13 new cardinals, to be elevated at a Nov. 28 consistory at the Vatican.

Archbishop Gregory, installed as Washington’s archbishop in May 2019, will become the first African American to be elevated to the College of Cardinals.

In a statement, Archbishop Gregory said, “With a very grateful and humble heart, I thank Pope Francis for this appointment which will allow me to work more closely with him in caring for Christ’s Church.”

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