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Bishop Julian Charles Porteous, until now an Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, has been named Archbishop of Hobart by the Holy Father Pope Francis.
Archbishop Adrian Leo Doyle has led the Tasmanian Archdiocese since 1999, and is deeply loved by the people of Hobart.
“It has been a great privilege for me to have been the Archbishop of Hobart for the last 14 years, and I am grateful for the friendship, loyalty and support given to me during that time”, said Archbishop Doyle.
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Denis Hart welcomed the announcement on behalf of the Bishops.
“I warmly welcome the appointment by Pope Francis of Bishop Julian Porteous as Archbishop of Hobart.”
“Since his priestly ordination Bishop Julian has shown great zeal for the spread of the faith, outreach to youth and fostering of vocations through rallies, seminars and constant teaching.”
“Since his ordination as a Bishop in 2003 he has fostered evangelisation and renewal in Sydney and beyond. His infectious enthusiasm and use of his gifts will be offered most generously in Hobart.”
“We wish him every blessing as he prepares to begin his ministry in Tasmania”, said Archbishop Hart.
The Archbishop-elect is currently attending World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro with 450 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Sydney. He will be available for comment in the coming days.
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