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Pope Appoints New Head Of Raleigh Diocese

Posted June 9, 2006 5:56 a.m. EDT

— Pope Benedict XVI announced Thursday the appointment of Bishop Michael Burbidge for the Diocese of Raleigh.

Burbidge succeeds 76-year-old Bishop F. Joseph Gossman, whose letter of resignation was accepted by the pope. Burbidge has been an auxiliary bishop in Philadelphia since 2002.

Burbidge, whose motto is "Walk Humbly With God," will be installed on Aug. 4. Gossman will serve as apostolic administrator in charge of the day-to-day operations of the diocese.

The diocese is in charge of Roman Catholic churches that serve more than 172,000 Catholics in 54 counties of central and eastern North Carolina. The remainder fall under the supervision of the Diocese of Charlotte.