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Catholic Bishops Set to Elect 1st Black President

November 12, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is likely to elect its first black president during its four-day meeting that begins today.

Diversity also will be the focus, and the group will renew the church's fight against abortion while proposing a day of prayer for peace as the war in Afghanistan continues.

Bishop Joseph Fiorenza of Texas is finishing his three-year term as head of the group, which serves as the church's national voice on social, political and religious issues.

Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Ill., now the organization's vice president, is expected to succeed him. The vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

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