Metropolitan Archbishop of Durango, Mexico, Appointed

Will Lead Less Than 200 Priests Who Serve 1.17M Catholics

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Pope Francis has appointed Bishop José Antonio Fernández Hurtado of Tuxtepec, Mexico, as metropolitan archbishop of Durango.

The 61-year-old prelate is a native of Morelia.

He succeeds 75-year-old Archbishop Héctor González Martínez, who retired for reasons of age.

The Archdiocese of Durango has a population of some 1.17 million Catholics served by only 178 priests and eight permanent deacons, as well as some 275 religious.

Durango is in west central Mexico.

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