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Pope Francis appoints new Springfield bishop

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop in Springfield, according to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, 55, of Baltimore will replace Bishop Timothy McDonnell, 76, who has been serving in that position since 2004, church officials said.

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The announcement was made today by Archbishop Carlo Vigano in Washington.

Rozanski became an ordained priest for the Baltimore archdiocese in 1984 and was named auxiliary bishop of Baltimore in 2004, officials said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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