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Cardinal Dziwisz retires; successor named

December 09, 2016

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz as Archbishop of Kraków for reasons of age.

The 77-year-old prelate was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Kraków in 1963 and served as the secretary of Archbishop Karol Wojtyla—later Pope St. John Paul II—from 1966 until his death in 2005. St. John Paul, who had ordained him to the diaconate and priesthood, consecrated him a bishop in 1998.

In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Dziwisz the archbishop of Kraków and created him a cardinal the following year.

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, 67, as his successor.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1973, the prelate was appointed auxiliary bishop of Poznan in 1997 and archbishop of Lódz in 2012.

As vice president of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Jedraszewski announced in 2015 that the Polish episcopate would remain faithful to St. John Paul II’s teaching, as expressed in Familiaris Consortio, on Holy Communion and those who have remarried outside the Church.

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