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Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Gabriel Antonio Mestre as Archbishop of the diocese of La Plata, Argentina.

Pope Francis continues ‘legacy’ appointments in naming Fernández’s successor

Jul 28, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis on Friday named Gabriel Antonio Mestre, 54, archbishop of the Diocese of La Plata, Argentina. Read more

Bishop Thomas Zinkula, who has led the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa since 2017, was named the next archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, on July 26, 2023.

Pope Francis names Davenport, Iowa’s Bishop Zinkula to lead Archdiocese of Dubuque

Jul 26, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus, Jonathan Liedl

Bishop Thomas Zinkula, 66, has led the Davenport Diocese in southeast Iowa since 2017.  Read more

Father Brian Nunes (left), Father Matthew Elshoff, Father Slawomir Szkredka, and Monsignor Albert Bahhuth (right) have been named auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Pope Francis names four new auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles

Jul 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has appointed four new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, bringing the total number of auxiliaries... Read more

A worshiper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience on June 12, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican.

Pope Francis confirms Shanghai bishop appointed in violation of Vatican-China deal

Jul 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares, Matthew Santucci

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin announced on Saturday that Pope Francis wanted to “remedy the canonical irregularity created... Read more

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, VT. Courtesy photograph.

Pope Francis names Bishop Coyne as new coadjutor archbishop of Hartford

Jun 26, 2023

By Courtney Mares

As coadjutor, Bishop Christopher Coyne will assist Archbishop Leonard Blair in the administration of the Hartford Archdiocese and succeed him... Read more

Bishop-elect Edward M. Lohse, 61, will be installed in the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on July 25, 2023.

Pope Francis appoints Pennsylvania priest to lead Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan

May 23, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Diocese of Kalamazoo, which comprises nine counties in southwest Michigan, has 59 parishes, 21 Catholic schools, and almost 80,000... Read more

Archbishop-designate Frank Leo of Toronto.

Pope Francis names Bishop Frank Leo to lead Archdiocese of Toronto in Canada

Feb 11, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop Frank Leo has been an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Montréal, Québec, since September 2022. Read more

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville in 2015.

Pope Francis appoints auxiliary bishop from Colombia to lead Louisiana diocese

Feb 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Bishop Dorsonville has served in the Archdiocese of Washington since the 1990s. Read more

A worshiper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience on June 12, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican.

Vatican says China violated terms of agreement with bishop installation

Nov 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See “noted with surprise and regret” that Bishop John Peng Weizhao had been installed as an “auxiliary bishop... Read more

A screenshot of a YouTube video of Bishop-elect Francois Beyrouti giving a homily on July 31, 2022.

Pope Francis names new bishop for Melkite Greek Catholic Church in U.S.

Aug 21, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop-elect Francois Beyrouti grew up in Canada after his family emigrated from Lebanon. Read more

Bishop John P. Dolan, an auxiliary bishop of San Diego, will begin his assignment as bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix in August 2022

Pope Francis appoints San Diego auxiliary to lead Phoenix diocese

Jun 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop John P. Dolan succeeds Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. Read more

Bishop Robert Barron. Photo courtesy of DeChant-Hughes Public Relations.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Barron to lead Minnesota diocese

Jun 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Barron, who runs the Catholic media apostolate Word on Fire, has served as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of... Read more

Bishop-elect Erik Pohlmeier.

Pope Francis names Arkansas priest to lead Diocese of St. Augustine

May 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop-elect Erik Pohlmeier succeeds 76-year-old Bishop Felipe J. Estévez. Read more

Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell.

Detroit’s new auxiliary is an archbishop and veteran Vatican diplomat

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell was the nuncio to Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan. Read more

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost.

Pope Francis names new auxiliary bishop for Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

May 9, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost is a priest of the Cleveland diocese. Read more

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich.

Will Archbishop Ulrich lead the Catholic archdiocese of Paris in a new direction?

Apr 26, 2022

By Jean-Marie Dumont

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich has extensive experience of Church governance. Read more

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich.

Pope Francis names new Catholic archbishop of Paris

Apr 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich succeeds Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who resigned in December. Read more

A bishop's pectoral cross.

Pope Francis appoints Montana priest as coadjutor bishop of Great Falls-Billings diocese

Apr 19, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Father Jeffrey Fleming is chancellor of the Diocese of Helena. Read more

Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, France.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Lourdes

Mar 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope chose the 58-year-old priest Msgr. Jean-Marc Micas. Read more

Father Frank Schuster, who was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle March 8, 2022.

Pope Francis names Washington priest as an auxiliary bishop of Seattle

Mar 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Father Frank Schuster said he had to pick ‘my jaw up from the floor’ after learning of the appointment. Read more