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Pope Francis names Wilton Gregory new Archbishop of Washington D.C.

Pope Francis has named Wilton D. Gregory (71) the new Archbishop of Washington. Since 2004 until now, he was Archbishop of Atlanta. 

It is a delicate seat. Many Catholics in Washington are hurt because the former-cardinal Theodore McCarrick was expelled from the priesthood for abusing seminarians. His successor, Donald Wuerl, also resigned after his name was mentioned in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and he was questioned for alleged cover-up.

Arch. Gregory now assumes the role as the seventh archbishop of D.C. He previously served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2001 to 2004. During his leadership, he was key to implementing the Dallas Charter, stressing zero-tolerance for sexual abuse. 

In 2009, he was also personally invited by Pope Benedict XVI to participate in a synod on Africa. Here he expressed his concern and desire for Americans to further appreciate African heritage.

Oct. 22, 2009
Archbishop of Washington, D.C.
“As an American, we know far too little about Africa. That it’s the second largest continent in the earth, home to more than 50 countries, tremendously diverse in ethnic and cultural heritage.”

Archbishop Gregory's appointment coincides with the 51st anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King. 

The archbishop's installation date has been set for Friday, May 17.