DC archdiocese installs first African-American archbishop

DC archdiocese installs first African-American archbishop
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. installed its first African-American archbishop on Tuesday.

Pope Francis named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory the new archbishop for the nation's capital in April.


Gregory replaces Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who was forced to resign last year after he was implicated in a grand jury investigation in covering up abuse at a string of Pennsylvania churches.

Wuerl's predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, was defrocked after an internal investigation found him guilty of sexually abusing minors and adults during his tenure, marking the first time a cardinal was cast out of the church for abuse.

Gregory became the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2001, and shortly after adopted a "zero-tolerance" abuse policy to respond to sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.

He has served as Atlanta's archbishop since 2005.