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Pope Names New Archbishop Of Hartford

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Bishop Leonard P. Blair (Credit: archdioeseofhartford.org)

Bishop Leonard P. Blair (Credit: archdioeseofhartford.org)

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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.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

New York Archbishop Edward Egan, Hartford Archbishop-Designate Leonard Blair, Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell (John Silva/WTIC Photo)

New York Archbishop Edward Egan, Hartford Archbishop-Designate Leonard Blair, Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell (John Silva/WTIC Photo)

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