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Thursday, December 16, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 16 DEC 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Paul Stagg Coakley of Salina, U.S.A., as metropolitan archbishop of Oklahoma City (area 109,997, population 2,555,000, Catholics 116,619, priests 146, permanent deacons 92, religious 150), U.S.A. The archbishop-elect was born in Norfolk, U.S.A. in 1955, he was ordained a priest in 1983 and consecrated a bishop in 2004. He succeeds Archbishop Eusebius Joseph Beltran, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
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