- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Santa Fe Archdiocese has a new archbishop.

Rev. John Wester was installed Thursday at a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, replacing retiring Archbishop Michael Sheehan.

Wester takes over a region that includes around 300,000 parishioners and has a rich history that began more than four centuries ago with the arrival of Spanish colonists. But he also inherits an archdiocese still facing lawsuits related to decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of children by priests.

The 64-yeear-old Wester says he wants to focus on issues around poverty and immigration.

Guests at the instillation included two cardinals, numerous bishops and a representative of Pope Francis.

Wester, who was bishop in Salt Lake City, was appointed in April.

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