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Cardinal Mahony passes leadership of LA archdiocese to Archbishop Gómez

Catholic World News - February 28, 2011

During two Masses at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony passed the leadership of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to Archbishop José Gómez, who has served as coadjutor archbishop since April 2010.

Archbishop Gómez will officially accede to the see when Pope Benedict accepts Cardinal Mahony’s resignation.

Born in Mexico in 1951, Archbishop Gómez was ordained a priest of Opus Dei in 1978. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Denver in 2001 and installed as archbishop of San Antonio in 2005.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with 4.18 million Catholics, is the nation’s largest, followed by the Archdiocese of New York (2.61 million) and the Archdiocese of Chicago (2.34 million).

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  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 28, 2011 12:17 PM ET USA

    Come Hoky Spirit, please guide Archbishop Gomez that he may renew You teachings and help bring about the conversion and reconversion of many. We humbly ask you guide his action, give hims words to speak, the courage to stand up, not just when it is popular, but most importantly, when it is unpopular but right to do so. Please grant him the graces he needs to guide his flock in these troubled times. AMEN.

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