Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory to the College of Cardinals in Vatican City, making Gregory the first Black American to hold the rank of cardinal.
Jose Fuerte Advincula of the Philippines was also appointed cardinal and participated via a special live stream because of coronavirus travel restrictions.
Gregory was presented with a ring and a scroll, as well as a skullcap called a zucchetto and a four-cornered silk hat called a biretta.
Thirteen men became new cardinals at the induction, called a consistory.
Gregory, a Chicago native, was formerly the Archbishop of Atlanta between 2005 and 2019. Gregory has focused on diversity in the church, including welcoming members of the LGBTQ community, which became one of his keystone missions.
As new cardinal archbishop of Washington, D.C., Gregory will work with President-Elect Joe Biden, who if elected will become the the nation’s second Roman Catholic president after John F. Kennedy.
Meanwhile, Advincula joins the ranks of Philippine cardinals, namely Orlando Quevedo, Luis Antonio Tagle, Gaudencio Rosales, Jose Sanchez, Ricardo Vidal, Jaime Sin, Julio Rosales and Rufino Santos. He is the ninth cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church.
“I thank our Dear Lord and I thank our Pope for the responsibility he has given me,” said in Filipino as he thanked Pope Francis
Pope John Paul II named Advincula bishop of San Carlos in Negros Occidental in 2001. In 2012, He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as archbishop of Capiz.He currently serves at the Committee on International Eucharistic Congress and the Office on Women as vice chairman. SOVEREIGNPH