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Pope Names Bishop William E. Lori Archbishop of Baltimore

March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut, as archbishop of Baltimore.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 20, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

He succeeds Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, who was named head of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem last August.

William Lori was born in Louisville, May 6, 1951. He studied at The Catholic University of America and St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977. He was named an auxiliary bishop of Washington in 1995, and bishop of Bridgeport in 2001.

He currently chairs the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Baltimore Archdiocese has a population of 3,119,000 people, with 499,529, or 16 percent, of them Catholic.


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