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Bishop-designate Joseph R. Kopacz, left, addresses a news conference at the chancery in Jackson, Miss., Dec. 12. Pope Francis appointed the priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., to succeed Bishop Joseph N. Latino, seated at right. 
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Bishop-designate Joseph R. Kopacz, left, addresses a news conference at the chancery in Jackson, Miss., Dec. 12. Pope Francis appointed the priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., to succeed Bishop Joseph N. Latino, seated at right. 
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named a Pennsylvania pastor from the Diocese of Scranton to be bishop of Jackson, Miss., and the vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, to be bishop of San Angelo, Texas.

The pope appointed Father Joseph R. Kopacz, 63, a Scranton diocesan  priest who is pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Mount Pocono, Pa., to succeed Jackson Bishop Joseph N. Latino, who is 76. He appointed Msgr. Michael J. Sis, 53, an Austin diocesan priest who has been vicar general since 2010, to succeed San Angelo Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, also 76.

Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Bishops Latino and Pfeifer. Canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope when they turn 75.

The changes were announced in Washington Dec. 12 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.