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Portland Archbishop Vlazy retires; Michigan bishop named his successor

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Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland, Ore., and named as his successor Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich.

Vlazny, who has headed the Oregon archdiocese since 1997, is 75, the age at which bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation to the pope. Sample, 52, has been Marquette's bishop for eight years.

The changes were announced Tuesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S.

The Mass of installation for Sample is scheduled for April 2.

Lack of faith can hurt marriage, may affect validity, pope says

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A lack of faith in God can damage marriage, even to the point of affecting its validity, Pope Benedict XVI said.

"Faith in God, sustained by divine grace, is therefore a very important element for living in mutual dedication and conjugal fidelity," he said.

The pope said he was not suggesting there was a simple, automatic link "between the lack of faith and the invalidity of marriage."

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