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Interim Leader Picked for Belleville, Ill. Diocese

By AP/KWMU

Belleville, Ill – The Belleville, Illinois diocese has a new temporary leader.

Monsignor James Margason will lead the diocese until the Pope picks a replacement for Bishop Wilton Gregory. Gregory was installed this week as Archbishop of Atlanta.

The Belleville diocese also must pick candidates to be new bishop; a process that could take at least eight months.

Gregory led the Belleville diocses and its 124 parishes for nearly eleven years.

The diocese's College of Consultors -- an eleven member board of priests -- voted 6-to-3 Wednesday to name Margason as diocese administrator.

The 63-year-old Margason also will remain as a priest at Corpus Christi Church in Shiloh.

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