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JOURNEYING TOGETHER | Bishop Nelson J. Perez and a new moment for Catholicism in the Midwest

The appointment of Hispanic bishops as ordinaries of dioceses in California, Texas or Florida is rather common. This isn't surprising since most Catholics in the South and the West are Hispanic.

However, the recent appointment of Bishop Nelson J. Perez as the next bishop of Cleveland isn't business as usual. It's an historical milestone for U.S. Catholics.

Many reports have noted that Bishop Perez is the first Hispanic bishop of Cleveland. More interesting is that he's the first Hispanic bishop to head a diocese in the entire Midwest.

CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | Changing landscape requires mutual accompaniment

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori carried a monstrance under a canopy as he leads a Eucharistic procession during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" July 3 in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations are gathering for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The U.S. Catholic Church's increasing diversity presents Catholics with the opportunity to accompany each other on the journey of faith Pope Francis envisions, a Boston College professor told delegates to the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando.

Hosffman Ospino, associate professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, said the changes in the landscape are a sign of strength and present new opportunities to welcome newcomers into the Church family.

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