BALTIMORE, Maryland, MARCH 20, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI appointed Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut, as archbishop of Baltimore.
The bishop, 60, is the leader of the committee on religious freedom, recently formed by the U.S. episcopal conference.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has about a half million Catholics in a population of more than 3 million. They are served by some 540 priests and 1,250 religious.
Monsignor David Malloy of the clergy of the archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was appointed bishop of Rockford, Illinois.
Bishop-designate Malloy, 56, will serve some 450,000 Catholics in a population of 1.66 million. There are about 290 priests and some 185 religious in the diocese.
The Milwaukee native served for a number of years in the diplomatic service of the Holy See before becoming an official of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household. From 2006 to 2011 he was secretary general of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Father Gregory L. Parkes of the clergy of Orlando, Florida, was appointed bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee.
The diocese has some 75,000 Catholics in a population of 1.4 million. They are served by just under 100 priests.
Auxiliary Bishop Christian Lépine of Montreal, Canada, was named the metropolitan archbishop of that archdiocese. He is 60 years old and is a native of Montreal.
The archdiocese has 1.6 million Catholics in a population of 2.57 million. They are served by some 1,100 priests.