ALTON - Catholics here say the planned move of the bishop who has led them for a decade is a loss for the diocese but a gain for the people of Omaha, Neb.
Bishop George Lucas will leave Springfield this July to become archbishop of Omaha. The pope has yet to name his replacement.
Pope Benedict XVI chose Lucas to replace the retiring 76-year-old Archbishop Elden Curtiss of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Curtiss has held the post for 16 years.
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