Vatican City — Pope Francis on Thursday appointed three bishops: Msgr. Olivier Leborgne as bishop of Amiens, France; Msgr. Carl Kemme as bishop of Wichita, Kan.; and Msgr. Peter Baldacchino as auxiliary bishop of Miami.
The appointment of Kemme, who had been serving as the vicar general of the Springfield, Ill., archdiocese, was first announced Thursday by Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki.
Five minutes before the Vatican press office released the official notice of the new bishop's appointment, Paprocki tweeted:
Explore Pope Francis' environmental encyclical. Receive our FREE readers' guide when you sign up for the weekly Eco Catholic email.
Following Kemme's installation May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, five U.S. dioceses will still be without bishops.
Baldacchino, a native Maltese, becomes the first auxiliary for Archbishop Thomas Wenski's Miami archdiocese, which has a population of about 1.3 million Catholics.
Just $5 a month supports NCR's independent Catholic journalism.
We are committed to keeping our online journalism open and available to as many readers as possible. To do that, we need your help. Join NCR Forward, our new membership program.
Looking for comments?
We've suspended comments on NCRonline.org for a while. If you missed that announcement, learn more about our decision here.