Salina Catholic Bishop moving to Arizona

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SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Some Kansans might dream in winter of moving to Arizona. Now a Kansas Catholic leader is doing it - but not to retire.

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Salina diocese Bishop Edward Weisenburger is being transferred, to become Bishop of Tucson. He will be installed November 29, to replace Bishop Gerald Kicanas. Kicanas was required to resign upon turning 75.

Weisenburger, 56, has served in Salina since May 2012. A statement from the Salina diocese praised him for working in the acquisition of Manhattan's hospital by Via Christi-Ascension, as well as "efforts to shine a spotlight on the cruel abuse of the poor at the hands of the predatory ('payday') loan industry."

Tucson's diocese is much larger than Salina's. The Tucson area has about 450,000 Catholics as opposed to 44,000 in northern Kansas.

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