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First Hispanic Named as Head of U.S. Catholic Bishops

Headline Roundup November 12th, 2019

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose. H. Gomez was elected by fellow members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Tuesday to lead the organization. Gomez, who served as the group's vice president for three years, is the first UCCB president of Hispanic descent.

Some left-leaning outlets framed Gomez's election as a gesture aimed at President Trump and his stances on immigration, as Gomez is a vocal advocate for migrant rights.

First Hispanic Named as Head of U.S. Catholic Bishops

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected its first Latino leader Tuesday.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, has been serving as the UCCB vice president for the past three years, so the win was no surprise.

“I just wanted to be a priest,” Gomez told CNA about his new post. “Somehow God wanted me to do what I am doing, and I’m just counting on the grace of God to be able to be faithful to what God is asking me to do.”

Gomez is considered...

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Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. elected José H. Gomez, the archbishop of Los Angeles, as president of their joint organization on Tuesday, making him the first Latino ever to hold the position.

Archbishop Gomez has served as the vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past three years. His elevation from that position to president is customary for the group. The archdiocese of Los Angeles is home to the largest number of Catholics in the nation.

An immigrant from Mexico who is now a U.S....

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The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States on Tuesday elected a Hispanic immigrant as their president for the first time by elevating Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who has long vowed to defend immigrants amid their fears of deportation.

The bishops followed custom by selecting their previous vice president, but the move is nonetheless a pointed statement from Catholic leaders while President Trump continues to draw support for his anti-immigrant policy. Archbishop Gomez received 176 votes to 18 for the second finisher, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of...

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