Apr 19, 2012 10:27 AM by AP

New Byzantine bishop installed in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Byzantine Catholics in America have a new leader who has been installed as archbishop in Pittsburgh.

Archbishop William Skurla was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in January and enthroned as the Byzantine metropolitan archbishop of Pittsburgh on April 18, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in suburban Munhall.

Skurla replaces Metropolitan Basil Schott who died in June 2010.

Byzantine Catholics in America are loyal to the pope but have liturgical practices similar to Orthodox Christians.

As head of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, the 55-year-old Skurla will also head the church in the United States, which has about 58,000 members in 78 parishes stretching from Erie to parts of West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Skurla has been bishop of the Eparchy of Passaic, N.J. since January 2008.


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