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Bishop Named Coadjutor of Alexandria, Louisiana

And nuncio named for Solomon Islands

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Pope Francis has named Bishop David P. Talley, auxiliary of Atlanta, as coadjutor of Alexandria, Louisiana.
The Diocese of Alexandria has a population of some 380,000 with about 37,000 Catholics. They are served by around 75 priests, 20 permanent deacons and 40 religious.
David P. Talley was born in Columbus, Georgia, on September 11, 1950. He pursued seminary studies at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana and was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 1989.
He pursued post-graduate studies, 1993-1998, at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he was awarded a doctorate in canon law in 1998. In 2001, Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor with the title of monsignor.
Bishop Talley was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta on January 3, 2013, and was ordained a bishop on April 2, 2013.
The appointment as coadjutor bishop confers on Bishop Talley, 66, the right to succession of Bishop Ronald P. Herzog, current bishop of Alexandria. Bishop Herzog is 74.

The Holy Father also named Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal, apostolic nuncio in Papua New Guinea, as apostolic nuncio in the Solomon Islands.

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