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Miami's Archbishop On Shortlist For U.S. Catholic Presidency

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Archbishop Thomas Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami is on the shortlist for nomination to the presidency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The position would make Wenski the face and the voice of the Catholic Church in the United States.

But first, Wenski has to get the nod over nine other religious leaders. According to our news partners at the Miami Herald, the competition includes church leaders from New Orleans, Detroit, Cincinnati, Washington and Los Angeles.

The election will be held at the bishops' annual fall General Assembly Nov. 11-14 in Baltimore.

The position currently is held by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Presidents and vice presidents serve for a period of three years.

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