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Bishop Lynch of St. Petersburg retires; Bishop Parkes named successor

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, and named as his successor Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida. The changes were announced Nov. 28 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop Lynch, who has headed the St. Petersburg Diocese since 1996, is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope.

Bishop Parkes, 52, has been the bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee since 2012. "I'm very grateful to Pope Francis for appointing me bishop of St. Petersburg," Bishop Parkes said in a statement. "It has been a joy to serve as bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee for the past four and a half years. I'm going to miss the panhandle and all those I've had the pleasure of meeting during my time here." He will be installed as the fifth bishop of St. Petersburg Jan. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016