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Missouri bishop to succeed Bishop Finn in Kansas City-St Joseph

Bishop James Johnston, left, leading a service in Missouri (PA)

Pope Francis has named Bishop James Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the new bishop of Kansas City-St Joseph.

Bishop Johnston, 55, has headed the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese since 2008. He succeeds Bishop Robert Finn, who resigned on April 21.

The appointment was announced in Washington today by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Calls for Bishop Finn’s resignation or removal followed his conviction in 2012 on one count of failing to report suspected child abuse.

The situation developed after a diocesan priest’s computer was found in 2010 to have contained child pornography, but the diocese did not report the situation to civil authorities for another six months.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, has been apostolic administrator of the diocese since the bishop resigned.