U.S. Catholic bishops name Louisville archbishop conference head - ( 53L385 )

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – U.S. Catholic bishops on Tuesday elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, as president of their leadership conference.

The election of Kurtz to a three-year-term comes as Catholic bishops worldwide are being given new direction by Pope Francis, who has emphasized greater humility and more concern for the poor. The bishops oversee 69 million American Catholics, or about one-quarter of the U.S. population.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)


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