Cardinal Wuerl’s Bio

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He participated in the March 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.

He serves on numerous national and international bodies with an emphasis on education, social justice and religious freedom.  He is chancellor of The Catholic University of America and chairman of the board of The Papal Foundation. He serves on the Vatican Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, for Bishops, for Clergy, the Pontifical Councils for Promoting Christian Unity and for Culture. He helped direct the 2012 Vatican Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.

Cardinal Wuerl is the author of numerous articles and books, including the best-selling catechisms, The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His recent books include, Faith That Transforms Us: Reflections on the Creed (January 2013), New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today (January 2013), The Church (March 2013) and The Light Is On For You (February 2014).

The Cardinal was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University and has a doctorate in theology from Saint Thomas University in Rome. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1986, in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He served as a bishop in Seattle and also in Pittsburgh until his appointment to Washington. His titular church in Rome is Saint Peter in Chains.

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