KC bishop returns to Ireland for hospice

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City’s Bishop Raymond James Boland is suffering from lung cancer and has returned to Ireland to enter hospice care.

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph says Boland, weak from radiation treatment, left Saturday for Ireland. Boland was born in Ireland in 1932.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1dwpEki ) Boland served as bishop of the diocese from June 22, 1993, until May 24, 2005, when he retired and took the role of bishop emeritus. Before that, he was the bishop in Birmingham, Ala., since early 1988.

Boland was succeeded by Bishop Robert Finn, who said in a statement that Boland is a “great priest and bishop who served us with love and fidelity to Jesus Christ and the Church.”

Finn said his office would share updates on Boland’s condition.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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