His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl Took Possession of the Titular Church of San Pietro In Vincoli, Rome on May 8, 2011
Significance for the Archdiocese of Washington
In April 2008, Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic visit to Washington, D.C. highlighted the special bond of faith, hope, and charity, between this capital city and the Church of Rome. While elevating Archbishop Donald Wuerl to the College of Cardinals on November 20, 2010, Pope Benedict blessed the Archdiocese of Washington by assigning to him the titular church of San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains or S. Petri ad vincula). This ancient Roman church is especially significant due to its antiquity, artistic renown and the fact that it is the second church in Rome dedicated to Saint Peter. On May 8, 2011, the Archdiocese of Washington reaffirmed our bond of unity in faith as His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl took possession of Saint Peter in Chains.