Pope selects new bishop for Dallas diocese

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Pope Francis has named a new bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

Bishop Edward J. Burns succeeds Kevin Farrell, who left Dallas for Rome in October and has since become a cardinal.

Since 2009, Burns served as a bishop in Juneau, Alaska. Just the enormous difference in the size of those two dioceses is a challenge.

Bishop Burns seemed at ease as he was introduced on Tuesday, showing a pretty good sense of humor along the way. He says he prays he can live up to the legacy of former Bishop Farrell, who left the diocese of Dallas after the pope named him a cardinal.

Juneau is only a fraction of the size of the Dallas diocese, but Bishop Burns has also served the Catholic church on a national level.

"The Diocese of Juneau is about 10,000 souls. There are 10,000 souls in just one parish here,” Burns said. “I look at the vastness of this diocese. I look at the vastness at which it's growing and inspired by the good work taking place in this diocese."

Bishop Burns is on a bit of a whirlwind trip as he makes the transition. He arrived from Juneau Monday night and will leave for Alaska early Wednesday morning.

Burns’ induction service in Dallas will be held in February.

 

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