Bishop-elect Steven Joseph Lopes was appointed Nov. 24 by Pope Francis as bishop for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
– Courtesy of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
HOUSTON — Catholics of Anglican heritage are getting an early Christmas present from Pope Francis: The Holy Father has appointed the first Catholic bishop ever to lead one of three non-territorial dioceses (known as ordinariates) established to preserve the Anglican patrimony in the Catholic Church.
The Vatican announced in a Nov. 24 communique that Msgr. Steven Joseph Lopes, an official in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, would be consecrated as bishop for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which encompasses Anglican-tradition Catholic communities in the U.S. and Canada.
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