Pope names new St. Louis archbishop

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | 8:26 a.m. CDT; updated 9:55 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ST. LOUIS — The Roman Catholic archdiocese of St. Louis says the Vatican has named Bishop Robert J. Carlson of Saginaw, Mich., as the new archbishop in the city.

Pope Benedict XVI announced Tuesday in Rome that the 64-year-old Carlson will serve as the ninth archbishop of St. Louis.

He will succeed Archbishop Raymond Burk, who was named six months ago to head the Vatican Supreme Court.

The archdiocesan administrator for St. Louis, Bishop Robert J. Hermann, called Carlson "a very energetic, articulate, warm and gifted pastor and administrator."

The St. Louis Archdiocese Web site said Carlson is a native of Minneapolis. He served as bishop of Sioux Falls, S. D., from 1994 to 2005, when he was installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw.


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