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Ravell Call, Deseret News
The Most Reverend John C. Wester speaks during "Hope with immigrants", an interfaith service of reflection and prayer, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY - His Holiness, Pope Francis has named the leader of the Diocese of Salt Lake City the new Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Catholic Church announced today.

Bishop John C. Wester, the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, will become the twelfth Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has led Utah’s Catholics since March 2007.

Bishop Wester is in Santa Fe, where the announcement of his appointment will be made this afternoon. His installation as Archbishop will take place in Santa Fe’s Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. according to a press release.

Bishop Wester remains the administrator of the Diocese of Salt Lake City until his Santa Fe installation. Church officials said the seven Utah priests who serve as Diocesan Consultors will meet to elect a priest to administer the Diocese of Salt Lake City until the appointment of a new bishop, which is not expected for some months.

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