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Pueblo's Bishop Isern resigns, citing health problems

June 13, 2013

An American bishop has abruptly resigned, citing reasons of health, at the age of 54. Bishop Fernando Isern of Pueblo, Colorado said that persistent health problems had convinced him that the diocese required more energetic leadership. He did not provide any details about his medical condition. In an unusual move, the Vatican announced on June 13 that Pope Francis had accepted Bishop Isern’s resignation without naming a new leader for the Pueblo diocese.

Bishop Isern was born in Cuba, but came to Florida with his family as a child after the Communist takeover of the island nation. He was ordained a priest of the Miami archdiocese in 1993, and appointed Bishop of Pueblo in 2009.


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