Pope accepts resignation of Scranton bishop for health reasons
By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph F. Martino, 63, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., for health reasons.
He has appointed Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia to be apostolic administrator for the diocese.
The pope also has accepted the resignation of Scranton Auxiliary Bishop John M. Dougherty, who is 77. Canon law requires that all bishops submit their resignation to the pope when they turn 75.
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