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Archbishop Hebda named permanent head of St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese

March 24, 2016

Archbishop Bernard Hebda has been named Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, where he has served as apostolic administrator since last June.

Archbishop Hebda became the interim leader of the Minnesota archdiocese when Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned, in the face of intense criticism of his handling of sex-abuse complaints. As apostolic administrator he has guided the archdiocese through bankruptcy proceedings and a response to criminal charges for child-endangerment. 

The appointment in Minnesota will create an opening in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. In 2013, Archbishop Hebda had been named coadjutor there; he was scheduled to succeed Archbishop John Myers, who is due to resign in July when he reaches the age of 75. 

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