Pope names new bishop for Wichita Catholic Diocese

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI reads a document in Latin where he announces his resignation, during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, at the Vatican. It was a holiday at the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI was speaking in Latin at an arguably boring ceremony announcing new saints, so few people were paying much attention. But what Benedict said a year ago Tuesday changed the course of the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church and paved the way for the historic papacy of Pope Francis. In his soft voice and in a Latin that the cardinals present strained to understand, Benedict announced that he no longer had the "strength of mind and body" to be pope and would retire at the end of the month, the first pope to step down in more than half a millennium.  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
FILE - In this file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI reads a document in Latin where he announces his resignation, during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, at the Vatican. It was a holiday at the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI was speaking in Latin at an arguably boring ceremony announcing new saints, so few people were paying much attention. But what Benedict said a year ago Tuesday changed the course of the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church and paved the way for the historic papacy of Pope Francis. In his soft voice and in a Latin that the cardinals present strained to understand, Benedict announced that he no longer had the "strength of mind and body" to be pope and would retire at the end of the month, the first pope to step down in more than half a millennium. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Pope Francis has named a priest from Illinois as the new bishop for the Roman Catholic diocese of Wichita.

Monsignor Carl Kemme, vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., will be the 11th bishop of Wichita.

The appointment was announced Thursday in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The 53-year-old Kemme will be ordained May 1. He will replace former Bishop Michael O. Jackels, who was appointed archbishop in Dubuque, Iowa, last April.

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