RELIGION

US Catholic bishops elect Texas cardinal to top post

  • Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, Ky., right, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulates Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston after DiNardo was elected as Kurtz's successor during the USCCB's annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Among DiNardo's duties during his three-year term will be guiding the bishops' relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, Ky., right, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulates Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston after DiNardo was elected as Kurtz's successor during the USCCB's annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Among DiNardo's duties during his three-year term will be guiding the bishops' relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • The face of Jesus Christ is seen on a booklet as Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Brennan, of Los Angeles, recites a group prayer during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was elected Tuesday as president of the USCCB. Among his duties will be guiding the bishops' relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    The face of Jesus Christ is seen on a booklet as Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Brennan, of Los Angeles, recites a group prayer during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was elected Tuesday as president of the USCCB. Among his duties will be guiding the bishops' relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, Ky., center, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads the USCCB's annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was elected Tuesday as president of the USCCB. Among his duties will be guiding the bishops' relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, Ky., center, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads the USCCB's annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was elected Tuesday as president of the USCCB. Among his duties will be guiding the bishops' relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops have chosen a Texas cardinal as their new top leader.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was elected Tuesday as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Among his duties will be guiding the bishops' relationship with President-elect Donald Trump.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez was elected vice president. He is the first Latino to hold the post.

The vote occurred Tuesday at the bishops' annual Baltimore meeting. DiNardo succeeds Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who is completing his three-year term.

The bishops' president does not set conference policy. But the choice of leadership is seen as indicating the direction the bishops want for the American church and how far they've gone toward following the priorities set by Pope Francis.