BALTIMORE, MD (WAVE) – The man who heads the Louisville Archdiocese will have some additional responsibilities after being chosen by his fellow bishops to lead them.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz was chosen from 10 finalists to be president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The position gives Kurtz, who was the sitting vice president of the organization, a direct line to the Vatican as the spokesperson for the U.S. bishops.
Kurtz, 67, was installed as the fourth Archbishop of Louisville in August 2007. He had been the Bishop of Knoxville since 1999.
Kurtz received 53 percent of the ballots during the first round of voting that took just two minutes to complete. He will serve a three year term replacing Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York.
Elected as vice president was Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
Kurtz will take office at the close of the conference on November 14.
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