By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON -- Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Robert F. Vasa of Baker, Ore., to serve as coadjutor bishop to Bishop Daniel F. Walsh of Santa Rosa, Calif.
The appointment was announced in Washington Jan. 24 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop Vasa, 59, has headed the Baker Diocese since January 2000. He will automatically succeed the 73-year-old Bishop Walsh when he retires or dies.
Bishop Walsh has been a bishop since 1981 and was appointed to head the Santa Rosa Diocese in 2000.
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