New Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield is formally installed

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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has been formally installed as the new spiritual leader of more than 200,000 Roman Catholics across western Massachusetts.

A special Mass for the new bishop was held Tuesday at St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, was among those who spoke.

O'Malley noted that Rozanski, who is of Polish heritage, has focused on the Latino community in his ministry. Rozanski delivered parts of his remarks in Polish and in Spanish.

The 55-year-old Rozanski was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore when he was named in June by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Bishop Timothy McDonnell.

The Baltimore native is the diocese's ninth bishop since its creation in 1870.

The diocese has about 230,000 Catholics in 81 parishes in the state's four westernmost counties.

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