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.