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Cardinal Wuerl Celebrates First Mass

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated his first mass as cardinal over the weekend in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C.
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated his first mass as cardinal over the weekend in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated his first mass as cardinal over the weekend.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception may be the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States but every pew was filled for Cardinal Wuerl's first mass in his new position.

Wuerl was one of two Americans to be named a cardinal last month by Pope Benedict and he just returned from Rome.

"It says a lot about how the Vatican feels about Cardinal Wuerl and his place in the Catholic church, and I think it's quite an honor that was bestowed not only on him but on Washington as well," says parishioner Shari Morris.

Wuerl has served as the Archbishop of Washington since 2006.

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