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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A high-ranking Vatican official is expected to be named the next archbishop of Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis archdiocese has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Thursday amid reports that Archbishop Joseph William Tobin would be named to the post Thursday morning in Rome.
Tobin is the current secretary of the Congregation for Religious in Rome. Catholic websites including www.vaticaninsider.com and the blog Whispers in the Loggia reported this week that Tobin flew to Indianapolis on Monday.
Archdiocese spokesman Greg Otolski confirmed the news conference but declined comment on the reports.
Archbishop Daniel Buechlein retired 13 months ago with health problems. Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne has been acting as temporary administrator of the 39-county archdiocese of 225,000 members in about 150 churches across the southern half of Indiana.
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