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Posted at 4:07 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Wuerl to deliver prayer at Gray's inauguration

By Nikita R Stewart

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl will deliver the invocation and benediction at the Jan. 2 inauguration of Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray.

Wuerl was one of 24 Catholic leaders worldwide elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI. More than 400 friends and relatives traveled to Rome last month to watch Wuerl, the D.C. archbishop, be made a cardinal.

Gray (D), who is Catholic, has said in previous interviews that he attends mass regularly. During a Washington Post-sponsored debate with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in September, Gray said he broke with his faith when he voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage in the District.

Cynthia Brock-Smith, secretary of the council and Gray's pick to be Secretary of the District of Columbia, confirmed Wuerl's appearance. Judge Eric T. Washington, chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, will swear Gray in, she said.

By Nikita R Stewart  | December 20, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
Tags:  Cardinal Wuerl; Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray; inaugural; gay marriage  
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I will not be attending Gray's inauguration. I am regreting my casting a vote for this man. I shouldn't have voted period because both Gray and Fenty are both liberal idiots.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | December 21, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Nice of Cardinal Wuerl to come bless the new Mayor. I hope all citizens can depend on the same Cardinal to support District congressional representation and home rule issues. The Washington Archdiocese silence on these efforts is very disappointing.

Posted by: johnklenert | December 21, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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