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Pope elevates Black U.S. archbishop to cardinal

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience at the Vatican surrounded by worshippers

Cardinal-elect Jose Advincula of the archdiocese will be the ninth Filipino prince of the Church.

The four non-electors, who will not be allowed to enter a conclave because they are over the age of 80, are being elevated to the high rank due to their long service to the Church.

Catholics in the United States will get their first African-American cardinal next month.

This photo taken and handout on August 26, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis speak during a live-streamed weekly private audience from the library of the apostolic palace in the Vatican during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis will have selected 57% of the cardinals who will select his successor.

Kambanda, 61, is one of the new cardinals that are under 80.

Gregory was picked by Francis to lead the prestigious diocese in the US capital a year ago.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets parishioners at the front of St Augustine Church after mass
Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets parishioners after mass at the St Augustine Church in Washington

Law enforcement authorities used gas and rubber bullets to break up a crowd that had gathered on Lafayette Square, near the White House, to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

So will Maltese Mario Grech, the head of the Synod of Bishops, a papal advisory body which Francis has been using to help him implement his pastoral renewal of the church.

He was bishop of Belleville, Illinois, from 1994 to 2004, and auxiliary bishop of Chicago from 1983-94. He served three times as the head of the U.S. Conference of Bishops.

Gregory's appointment follows a tradition of Washington archbishops receiving appointments since it became an independent diocese in 1947, the Wall Street Journal reported. He made national news in 2014 when he sold the mansion and used the proceeds for pastoral work, a move in keeping with the austere priorities set by Pope Francis.

Gregory, 72, now serves as Archbishop of Washington D.C.

Gregory said he found it "baffling and reprehensible" that "any Catholic facility" would allow itself to be "so egregiously misused and manipulated".

Gregory quickly exercised his influence in the nation's capital on June 3 when he issued sharp criticism of President Donald Trump for a staged visit to St. John's Epioscopal Church. Pope John Paul II - who was posthumously canonized - had been an "ardent defender of the rights and dignity of human beings", he added. "His legacy bears vivid witness to that truth", Gregory's statement added.

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