Cathedral of Immaculate Conception hosts mass for installment of new bishop

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will officially welcome a new bishop Wednesday.

Bishop James Johnston will take over for Bishop Robert Finn who resigned in April after his 2012 conviction for not reporting a priest for taking pornographic pictures of children.

Bishop Johnston will leave his last assignment as bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to become the 7th bishop of the diocese.

The pope announced Johnston's assignment in September. Johnston is being described as a bridge.

"I believe that the diocese still has a great need for some healing," Bishop Johnston said. "But I also believe the one that truly heals is Jesus. I see my role as the Bishop a sort of being a physician's assistant. To be the person that facilitates some of that healing."

The installation mass takes place at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception at 12th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City.

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