Otago Daily Times

First African Amer­i­can car­di­nal named

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ROME: Wil­ton Gre­gory, who blasted Pres­i­dent

Don­ald Trump’s photo op­por­tu­nity hoist­ing a Bi­ble at a Wash­ing­ton church af­ter po­lice used tear gas to clear de­mon­stra­tors in June, has be­come the first African Amer­i­can car­di­nal.

Gre­gory (73), an out­spo­ken civil rights ad­vo­cate who was in­stalled as the first black arch­bishop of Wash­ing­ton DC in 2019, was among 13 new car­di­nals named by Pope Fran­cis yes­ter­day.

Lead­ing Catholic or­gan­i­sa­tions cheered the choice. Pope Fran­cis was send­ing a clear mes­sage ‘‘in the midst of our na­tion’s reck­on­ing in sys­temic racism, as mil­lions assert that Black Lives Mat­ter’’, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Catholic peace and jus­tice or­gan­i­sa­tion Pax Christi USA Johnny Zokovitch said. — Reuters

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