Archbishop Robert J. Carlson speaks about his role as a spiritual leader

Jerry Naunheim Jr.

After a nearly 10-month wait, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Robert James Carlson of the Diocese of Saginaw, Mich., to lead the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Archbishop-elect Carlson, 64, will become St. Louis’ 10th bishop and ninth archbishop. The Holy See’s press office made the announcement today, April 21, at 5 a.m. St. Louis time.

He succeeds Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, who was named prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in June 2008.

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