Catholic News Service photoPope Francis has named Bishop Donald Kettler of Fairbanks, Alaska, to head the Diocese St. Cloud, Minn. He succeeds Bishop John F. Kinney, 76, whose resignation has been accepted by Pope Francis. The changes were announced Sept. 20 in Washington by Ar chbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the United States.

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Pope Francis has named Bishop Donald Kettler of Fairbanks, Alaska, to head the Diocese St. Cloud, Minn. He succeeds Bishop John F. Kinney, 76, whose resignation has been accepted by Pope Francis. The changes were announced Sept. 20 in Washington by Ar chbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the United States.

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kinney of St. Cloud, Minn., and named Bishop Donald Kettler of Fairbanks, Alaska, to succeed him.

Bishop Kinney, who has headed the St. Cloud Diocese since 1995, is 76 years old. Canon requires bishops to turn in their resignation at age 75. Bishop Kettler, 69, has been the bishop of Fairbanks since 2002.

The changes were announced by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.