WATCH LIVE | Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon resigns, diagnosed with vascular dementia


CLEVELAND — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon, granting him early retirement status.

“My health has declined to such an extent that I should resign,” Bishop Lennon said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

He also announced he was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia.

“In your kindness, I pray that you pray for me,” he said in his outgoing comments.

The Boston native has been the head of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for more than 10 years.

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