HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Pope Francis has appointed an Ohio bishop to lead the Hartford Archdiocese.
The archdiocese announced the appointment of Bishop Leonard Paul Blair of Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday.
The 64-year-old Blair has been bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo since 2003. He was ordained a priest in 1976.
He succeeds Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, who has served since 2003 and has passed the age of retirement. Mansell said in an interview with WFSB-TV he had told Pope Benedict XVI he was willing to retire after turning 75 in October 2012.
Blair will be installed as archbishop on Dec. 16.
He will be introduced at a news conference at the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield on Tuesday.
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