Pope names new bishop for Wichita Catholic Diocese

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Pope Francis has named a priest from Illinois as the new bishop for the Roman Catholic diocese of Wichita.

Monsignor Carl Kemme, vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., will be the 11th bishop of Wichita.

The appointment was announced Thursday in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The 53-year-old Kemme will be ordained May 1. He will replace former Bishop Michael O. Jackels, who was appointed archbishop in Dubuque, Iowa, last April.

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