VATICAN CITY, MAR 26, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Rev. Canon Kevin John Dunn of the clergy of the archdiocese of Birmingham, episcopal vicar for the religious of this archdiocese, as bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (area 7,700, population 2,515,442, Catholics 223,060, priests 223, religious 230, permanent deacons 2), England. He succeeds Bishop Michael Ambrose Griffiths O.S.B., whose resignation was accepted by the Pope upon having reached the age limit. Bishop-elect Dunn was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1950 and was ordained a priest in 1976.
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