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Published June 19, 2013, 08:48 AM

New bishop of Catholic Diocese of Fargo ordained

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Monsignor John Folda is officially taking the helm of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Monsignor John Folda is officially taking the helm of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo.

Folda's ordination and installation Mass was scheduled Wednesday afternoon. Pope Francis in April named him as the new bishop of the diocese that serves more than 130 parishes and 72,000 parishioners in eastern North Dakota.

The 51-year-old Folda comes from the Diocese of Lincoln in Nebraska. He succeeds Samuel Aquila, who left as Fargo bishop a year ago after a decade in the position to become the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver.

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