(Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement on April 5 regarding the appointment of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory to the episcopal see of the Archdiocese of Washington.)

The full statement follows:

“Yesterday, the Catholic faithful in Washington welcomed Archbishop Wilton Gregory.  We thank our Holy Father for the appointment of a gentle pastor and courageous leader in our nation’s capital.  I am grateful to the people of Atlanta in offering their dear bishop for this new ministry. Let us pray for Archbishop Gregory and Cardinal Wuerl as they transition in good service to the Church.”