Pope Francis appoints Utah bishop to lead Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Posted on AllSides April 29th, 2015

A popular religious leader is opening up about leaving the state and taking on a new role.

Salt Lake City Diocese Bishop John C. Wester has accepted the invitation to become the twelfth archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Wester admits to feeling caught off guard when a papal representative called with the big news.

"He said, 'Our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed you archbishop of Santa Fe,' and then once I picked myself up off the floor, I said, 'Are you still there?'" Wester recalled.

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