Archbishop Nichols named archbishop of Westminster

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham, England, to be the new archbishop of Westminster. The 63-year-old archbishop was ordained to the priesthood in 1969. He served as general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales before being named an auxiliary bishop of Westminster in 1992. He was appointed archbishop of Birmingham in 2000.

He succeeds Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, 76, who has led the Westminster see for just over nine years.

The Diocese of Westminster covers London north of the Thames River.

UPDATE: Here’s a more complete version of this story.

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