First a Black President, Next a Black Pope

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | November 6, 2008 | 12:58 PM EST

( – Barack Obama’s election as the first black president could pave the way for the election of the first black Pope some day, a leading black U.S. Catholic told the Times of London.
Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory of Atlanta, who became the first African-American to head the U.S. Bishops Conference, noted that Pope Benedict XVI himself suggested electing a black pope would “send a splendid signal to the world.”
“My own election as head of the US Bishops Conference was an important signal. In 2001 the American bishops elected someone they respected regardless of his race, and the same thing could happen with the election of a Pope," Archbishop Gregory said.
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