Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, N.M., and named as his successor Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Antonio.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the changes Thursday in Washington.
The Diocese of Las Cruces was established in 1982 and Ramirez, now 76, was named its first bishop. Canon law requires bishops to submit their resignations when they turn 75.
Cantu, 46, has been an auxiliary bishop in San Antonio since 2008.