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Pope names Gomez to take over in LA

Pope names Gomez to take over in LA

The pope has selected Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Texas, to take over the Los Angeles archdiocese when its current archbishop retires.
The appointment of the 58-year-old Gomez on Tuesday as coadjutor for Los Angeles puts him in line to become the highest-ranking Latino in the American Catholic hierarchy.
Cardinal Roger Mahoney, the longest-serving U.S. cardinal since the Second Vatican Council, turns 75 next February. Under church rules, bishops submit their resignation at age 75.
Pope Benedict XVI can decide whether to keep him on the job longer. But the appointment of Gomez as coadjutor indicates Benedict wants a smooth transition to a new leader.
Mahoney agreed to a record-setting $660 million church sex abuse settlement.


Updated : 2020-12-02 20:32 GMT+08:00