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Retired Bishop William Curlin, who served as the third bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte from 1994 until his retirement in 2002, died of cancer Dec. 23 at Carolinas Medical Center.
A Chinese bishop who avoided government intervention in the affairs of his diocese died without having his Vatican-appointed successor officially ordained, illustrating some of the complications of the situation of bishops in China.
Without waiting for some well-researched, detailed plan with action items and measurable goals, Catholics in Quebec must go out and share the Gospel, Pope Francis told the bishops of the province.
Francis met with the 13 prelates from Cuba earlier that day during the "ad limina" visit that bishops are required to make to the Vatican.