WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – Pope Francis has appointed a bishop in Los Angeles to lead a diocese in southern Minnesota.
The American Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Thursday that Francis has appointed Bishop Robert E. Barron to lead the diocese of Winona-Rochester. Barron is auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.
He is to replace the 76-year-old Bishop John Quinn, who has decided to resign.
The Diocese of Winona-Rochester covers 12,282 square miles. Nearly 600,000 people live in the diocese. About 134,000 of them are Catholics.
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