CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon is retiring. Bishop Lennon made the request for early retirement in late November, citing his ongoing health challenges.
The bishop says he was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia. He asks for prayers.
Bishop Lennon took over the Catholic Diocese in 2006.
The mandatory retirement age for bishops in the United States is 75.
Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Daniel Edward Thomas as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland, effective immediately. Bishop Thomas currently serves as the bishop of the Diocese of Toledo.
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