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.

A gaucho rides a wild horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo, April 15, 2014. Throughout Easter Week, 'gauchos', the Latin American equivalent of the North American cowboy, from all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil will visit Montevideo to participate in the Criolla Week to win the best rider award. The competition is held from April 13 to April 20 this year. REUTERS/Andres Stapff (URUGUAY - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

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