A new archbishop has been named to oversee the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Catholic Church officials announced today.

The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, who was previously serving as bishop of Oakland, was named archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI following the resignation of previous Archbishop George Niederauer.

Cordileone, 56, served as an auxiliary bishop in San Diego before being appointed to the position in Oakland in 2009. He is currently chairman of the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Niederauer, 76, had served as archbishop of San Francisco since December 2005.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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