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Report: Detroit-Born Vatican Official to Be Named Indy's New Archbishop

Archdiocese says no official confirmation of Italian newspaper report


Archbishop Joseph Tobin (Photo courtesy of CNS/Paul Haring)

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is not confirming reports that a new archbishop has been selected.


A spokesman says nothing's official until Pope Benedict XVI announces it. But the Italian newspaper La Stampa and a Vatican-watching blog report the pope has selected Archbishop Joseph Tobin.

Tobin is secretary of the Congregation of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Vatican body overseeing religious orders. The pope handpicked him for the job in 2010. He's second in command there to Cardinal Prefect Joao Braz de Aviz.

The Detroit native was a priest in Chicago and his hometown before being called to Rome. He's described as energetic and outgoing.

Bishop Christopher Coyne has been serving as administrator of the archdiocese since Archbishop Daniel Buechlein's retirement for health reasons a year ago.

A formal announcement could come as early as Thursday.


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