Oakland Gets New Bishop

OAKLAND, California, MARCH 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI named Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, the auxiliary bishop of San Diego, as bishop of Oakland.

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The Vatican press office announced today that Bishop Cordileone will succeed Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who became archbishop of Detroit in January.

Born in San Diego, Cordileone was ordained a priest in 1982. He earned a doctorate in canon law, and worked in Rome as an assistant to the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature.

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Diego in 2002.

The prelate will be installed as bishop of Oakland on May 5.

The Oakland Diocese has a population of 407,000 Catholics served by 433 priests, 112 permanent deacons and 843 religious.

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