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Former Spokane bishop now officially archbishop of Chicago

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Archbishop Blase Cupich was officially instated as the archbishop of Chicago. That means that the diocese of Spokane no longer has a bishop. The church just has to wait for Pope Francis to elect a new bishop for the diocese.

Fr. Pat Kerst is the Pastor at St. Mary's in the Spokane Valley and is part of the diocese leadership. He said that normally dioceses are told the process could take a year or longer. However, Kerst thinks it will be shorter than that, his best guess is up to six months. In the next couple of days, the diocese will elect a priest to be the Diocesan Administer to fulfill the basic needs of a diocese until the Pope announces the next bishop of Spokane.

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