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Kevin Farrell

Catholic Diocese of Dallas

North Texas will say goodbye to a key figure soon. Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas has been promoted to a new job within the Vatican – as head of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.

Catholic Diocese of Dallas

For the last 10 years, Bishop Kevin Farrell has led the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Now, he’s gotten quite the promotion – being called by Pope Francis to serve at the Vatican.

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The constantly growing Catholic Diocese of Dallas will have a new assistant bishop, courtesy of the Pope. Word came Wednesday from Rome that Monsignor John Gregory Kelly was named bishop.

Catholic Diocese of Dallas

During a visit to Washington, D.C., over the weekend, Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Dallas Diocese criticized petty partisanship and polarizing rhetoric that he said makes it seem like "'I Did It My Way' has replaced the national anthem."

The visiting bishop also urged government officials to remove obstacles to welcoming immigrants.


The head of the Dallas Catholic Diocese is overjoyed by the selection of a pope from Latin America. Bishop Kevin Farrell sees a lot of enthusiasm among North Texas Catholics for Pope Francis.