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New archbishop appointed for Winnipeg

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Winnipeg's Catholic community has a new archbishop.

Most Reverend Richard Gagnon of Victoria, B.C. has been appointed by Pope Francis as the seventh archbishop of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.

Gagnon, 65, had served as Bishop of Victoria since May 2004. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Vancouver in 1983. Gagnon is succeeding Archbishop James Weisgerber.

Until Gagnon is installed as Archbishop of Winnipeg, at a date yet to be announced, Weisgerber will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.

Formed in 1915, the Archdiocese of Winnipeg has a Catholic population of 155,000 people in 67 parishes. It encompasses an area of 16,405 kilometres in the area west from the Red River and Lake Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan border, south to the American border and north to the Village of Barrows, Man.

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