Cardinal Wuerl and Pope Francis greet seminarians at St. John Paul II Seminary during the pope's visit to Washington on Sept. 23. Photo by Paul Fetters, courtesy of Archdiocese of Washington

The pope’s man in Washington

(RNS) Cardinal Donald Wuerl just turned 75 and submitted his resignation to Pope Francis. But don’t wave goodbye yet — Wuerl is too valuable to the pontiff, and to the future of the “Francis effect.”