VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict named Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Christian Lepine, 60, to be the new archbishop of Montreal.

The Vatican announced the appointment March 20, immediately after announcing that Pope Benedict had accepted the resignation of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, who reached the normal retirement age of 75 last June. Cardinal Turcotte had led the archdiocese since 1990.

Archbishop Lepine was born in Montreal in September 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1983.

After serving as an assistant pastor, he was sent to Rome, where he earned a degree in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Returning to Canada, he served in several parishes and then as Cardinal Turcotte's secretary until 1998. Moving back to Rome, he began working at the Vatican, first in the Secretariat of State and then at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

He returned to Montreal in 2001, joining the staff at the archdiocesan seminary and then serving as pastor of a parish. Last July, Pope Benedict named him an auxiliary bishop of Montreal.