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Pope Francis named Archbishop Paul Etienne of Anchorage, Alaska, coadjutor archbishop of Seattle, meaning he will assist and likely succeed Archbishop Peter Sartain, the Vatican announced April 29. Sartain, 66, plans to retire due to poor health. The Vatican also announced May 1 that Bishop Oscar Cantu, coadjutor bishop of San Jose, California, since July, has assumed pastoral governance of the diocese with the resignation of Bishop Patrick McGrath, 73. And Bishop Donald Hying of Gary, Indiana, was named the new bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, April 25. He succeeds Bishop Robert Morlino, who died unexpectedly Nov. 24, 2018.

Jesuit Fr. Richard Ryscavage, researcher and advocate on behalf of refugees and migrants, died April 26 at age 74. Ryscavage had been national director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, president of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Service, president of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and member of the federal government's Interagency Task Force on Unaccompanied Children.

On April 30, L'Osservatore Romano named Rita Pinci, a journalist who has been working at the Italian bishops' TV2000, as director of the editorial board for its Women-Church-World magazine. The announcement came just over a month after the magazine's founder and former director, Lucetta Scaraffia, resigned along with her editorial staff.

Archbishop Jose Eguren Anselmi of Piura, Peru, unexpectedly announced in late April that he was withdrawing his defamation suits against Pedro Salinas and Paola Ugaz, two journalists who accused him of knowing about abuses that occurred within the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae movement. After Eguren won his suit against Salinas April 8, other bishops in the country had distanced themselves from the lawsuit.

Jesuit Fr. James Schall, 91, who retired in 2012 after a long tenure as a professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington, died April 17 in Los Gatos, California. Schall wrote more than 30 books and was a strong supporter of Pope Benedict XVI's critique of modern Western culture.

Fr. John Smyth, 84, died April 16 in Maywood, Illinois. Three months prior, he had been removed from ministry and accused of sexual abuse of minors in 2002-2003 while superintendent at Maryville Academy for troubled kids, a position he held for 33 years. The Chicago Archdiocese is continuing its investigation.

Caption: --CNS Bishop Cantu

Caption: --CNS Rita Pinci

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Title Annotation:Archbishop Paul Etienne as coadjutor archbishop of Seattle, Washington; death of Jesuit Father Richard Ryscavage; Rita Pinci as director of editorial board of Women-Church-World magazine
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 17, 2019
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