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Bishop Leonard Paul Blair named new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford

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Pope Francis appointed Bishop Leonard Paul Blair Tuesday as the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Pope Francis appointed Bishop Leonard Paul Blair Tuesday as the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Leonard Paul Blair speaks for the first time as the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Leonard Paul Blair speaks for the first time as the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Leonard Paul Blair, who was named the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford, answers questions from media Tuesday. Leonard Paul Blair, who was named the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford, answers questions from media Tuesday.
Archbishop Henry Mansell submitted his resignation last year. Archbishop Henry Mansell submitted his resignation last year.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Leonard Paul Blair as the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The previous archbishop, Henry Mansell, had reached the age of retirement, 75 years old, last year. He submitted a resignation letter to Pope Francis.

Mansell, who had been the archbishop since December 2003, made the announcement on Face the State in March.

"When your successor is appointed, then we'll see about that," Mansell said in March.

Blair, 64, will be the fifth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford. He was ordained as a priest in 1976 and has served as a bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo since 2003.

"Pope Francis appoints Bishop Leonard Blair as my successor. He has my heartfelt congratulations, prayers, and support," Mansell tweeted Tuesday.

The official installation ceremony for Blair will take place on Dec. 16 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.

Mansell said in the interview on Face the State that he would stay on as archbishop if asked.

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