Archbishop Wuerl appointed to Vatican panel that names bishops

Pope Francis on Monday named Washington Catholic Archbishop Donald Wuerl to the Vatican body that finalizes which men are named bishops, deepening Wuerl’s already strong ties to Rome, where he also sits on the panel that guards Catholic doctrine.

Chieko Noguchi, a spokeswoman for the Washington Archdiocese, which oversees Catholic institutions in Washington and suburban Maryland, said Wuerl’s appointment to the Congregation for Bishops would take him to Rome more often but doesn’t remove him from his post here.

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National Catholic Reporter senior correspondent John Allen talks withOn Background about the message Pope Francis sent in naming Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington to the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops —and in not confirming Cardinal Raymond Burke.

National Catholic Reporter senior correspondent John Allen talks withOn Background about the message Pope Francis sent in naming Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington to the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops —and in not confirming Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Contrails from jet planes passing overhead intersect the National Museum of Art in Washington, Thursday morning, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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