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DC Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory Becomes First African American Cardinal

Wilton Daniel Gregory, born December 7, 1947, is an American prelate of the Catholic Church who is the Archbishop of Washington.  He was the first Archbishop of Atlanta, from 2005 to 2019; the Bishop of Belleville, Illinois, from 1994 to 2004; and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago from 1983 to 1994. He was president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2001 to 2004.

Pope Francis raised him to the rank of Cardinal at a consistory held in Rome on November 28, 2020. He is the first American with African ancestry Catholic Cardinal.

Gregory has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Xavier University in Cincinnati, and McKendree University; Honorary Doctorates in Humanities from Lewis University and Fontbonne University; an Honorary Doctorate in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Gregory also was awarded the 2002 Great Preacher Award from Aquinas Institute of Theology and an honorary degree from Boston College in 2018.


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