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Pope taps Ohio bishop to lead Hartford archdiocese

Associated Press

HARTFORD, CONN.: Hartford’s new archbishop says he has no specific directive from Pope Francis on how to lead the 700,000 Roman Catholics in the archdiocese, but plans to stay faithful to the mission of the church and continue its charitable works in the region.

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Toledo, Ohio, Bishop Leonard Paul Blair had been named by the pope to succeed Hartford Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, who is retiring. Blair will be installed as the new archbishop Dec. 16.

Blair also defended the Toledo diocese’s handling of clergy sexual abuse cases during a news conference Tuesday, saying he and his predecessor had to remove priests from public ministry.

Blair is one of three bishops the Vatican appointed last year to oversee a reform of the largest umbrella group for U.S. nuns.


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