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Pope names Philadelphia auxiliary bishop to head Toledo diocese

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Pope Francis has named an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, to head the diocese of Toledo, Ohio.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, publicized the appointment Tuesday.

Born June 11, 1959, and raised in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk, Thomas, 55, has been an auxiliary bishop in his hometown since 2006. He was ordained for the Philadelphia archdiocese in 1985, after attending the local St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and obtaining his licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Search for Cardinal George's successor has begun

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The process to find a successor for Cardinal Francis George has begun.

The Chicago archdiocese confirmed Thursday that George was informed by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the papal nuncio to the U.S., that he has begun the consulting process and expects to complete it in late fall.

The archdiocese said it has no further information at this time.

George, 77, submitted his resignation in 2012, per canon law requirements for bishops when they reach the age of 75. That same year in August the cardinal was diagnosed with cancer in his right kidney.

New Harrisburg bishop holds up St. Joseph as 'challenging example' for all

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Prayerfully and joyously welcomed into St. Patrick Cathedral for his installation Mass as the 11th bishop of the diocese of Harrisburg on Wednesday, Bishop Ronald Gainer held up St. Joseph -- whose feast the church celebrated that day -- as "a challenging example" for the members of the church.

Speaking of Joseph's designation as a "just man," Gainer said the description of the saint goes far beyond his decision to take Mary into his home, as was recounted in the day's Gospel.

Pope names bishop for Albany diocese; Rockville Centre to get auxiliary

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., and named Msgr. Edward Scharfenberger, a priest of the diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., to succeed him.

The pope also appointed Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., where he is currently co-chancellor and director of the Office of Worship.

The appointments and Hubbard's resignation were announced Tuesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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