Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon granted early retirement by Pope Francis


CLEVELAND – Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Diocese has been granted early retirement by Pope Francis.

Lennon made the request for early retirement in a letter to Pope Francis in late November citing ongoing health conditions as the reason for his decision to retire, according to a news release posted on the Diocese’s website.

It is unclear what health challenges fueled Lennon’s retirement.

The mandatory retirement age for bishops in the United States is 75.

Lennon is 69.

Lennon was appointed to the leadership position over nearly 700,000 Catholics in eight counties of the Diocese of Cleveland in 2006. He became the 10th Bishop of the diocese.

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