Archbishop Wilton Gregory makes history as the first Black American cardinal.

Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory impacted the world forever Saturday, turning into the main Black American to procure the position of cardinal.

Pope Francis offered the position on the 72-year-old Gregory alongside 10 other new cardinals at St. Peter’s Basilica, in a ceremony set apart by face masks and seats 6 feet separated, report.

Gregory kept his face mask on when he stooped for Francis to put on his red cap; the majority of the others took theirs off. The pope kept with his act of not wearing a mask.

After the ceremony, Gregory discussed the hugeness — and timing — of his arrangement.

“Among the individuals that have praised me and wished me well, companions and colleagues, I’ve heard this present: It’s about time,” he said during a video meeting. “However, it is likewise a significant acknowledgment that the African American, the Black Catholic people group, is a significant part inside the bigger, general church.”

Gregory discussed being a “voice for the African American people group in the Pope’s ear.” His new position gives him a more prominent and more impact — when racial pressures are intense in the US, especially over police killings of Black men.

Of the Church’s 229 cardinals, Francis has designated 73 who are under 80. A decent number of Francis’ nominees are from South America and Africa, acknowledgment that the Church’s capacity base has moved from Europe.

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