Bishop Requests Early Retirement Due to Health

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) --

The Roman Catholic bishop tasked with oversight of the Panhandle and Tallahassee has asked to retire.

The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee says Bishop John Ricard has
requested early retirement for reasons of health.

Ricard is 70; normal retirement age for Catholic bishops is 75.

He suffered a stroke in 2009 and has undergone several subsequent surgeries.

Pope Benedict XVI must approve the bishop's request.


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