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Joseph Kopacz ordained as Bishop of Jackson Diocese

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Ordination and Installation ceremonies were held Thursday for Bishop Reverend Joseph Kopacz as the 11th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. Pope Francis appointed Kopacz in December of 2013.

Kopacz has spent almost his entire life in the Scranton area of Pennsylvania, and says he never dreamed he would be moving to the deep south. But the 62-year-old is embracing what will be a big life change for him.

Joseph Latino, the previous Bishop of the Jackson Diocese, had to retire because last year he reached age 75, the mandatory age of retirement for Catholic Bishops.

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