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Cardinal Donald Wuerl


Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the archbishop of Washington. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Wuerl serves on numerous national and international bodies and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America, and chairman of both the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and also of The Papal Foundation. He serves on a number of Vatican congregations, councils, and commissions including those for the Doctrine of the Faith and for Bishops. He has served as chairman of various committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Wuerl is known for his teaching ministry and is involved in many education, health care, and social service organizations. He is the author of numerous articles and more than a dozen books, including the bestselling catechisms The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His recent books include The Church (2013), The Light Is On For You (2014), The Marriage God Wants for You (2015), and Ways to Pray (2015).

Wuerl was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University in Rome, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1986. Wuerl served as auxiliary bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as bishop of Pittsburgh for eighteen years until his appointment to Washington.