Pope Francis Names Dallas Bishop to New Office at the Vatican

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Pope Francis has chosen a bishop from Dallas to run a new department at the Vatican. Bishop Kevin Farrell will become the Prefect of the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. He’ll begin the new job on September 1st, and he’ll be one of the highest ranking Americans at the Vatican.

Farrell said he was humbled to be selected by the pope and related the story of how his assistant told him Pope Francis was on the phone to talk to him.

Bishop Kevin Farrell, “I felt like saying, ‘Yeah, yeah,’ but I didn’t. I just looked curiously at her, but eventually, she did put on the pope and he told me that he would like me to go to Rome because Dallas needed a much better bishop than I am. I accept that the Holy Father has asked me to do this, but I feel sad about having to leave a place that ten years ago, I stood here in front of you all, and, you know, it is my home. It is a place I love. I love the people. I love the work. I enjoy it immensely. It is bittersweet.”

Farrell is 68 years old, and he has a brother who also works in the Vatican.

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