Washington D.C., Nov 16, 2010 / 08:24 am
The U.S. bishops have elected Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York as president of the U.S. bishops' conference.
The move was unprecedented, as the bishops traditionally choose the previous vice president to serve as head of the conference.
Bishop Gerald Kicanas is the conference's former vice president. He held the position 2007 – 2010.
Since a 50 percent majority is required for a candidate to be elected, the Nov. 16 vote was taken three times before a president was chosen.