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Report: 2nd archbishop to be appointed to assist Newark Archbishop John Myers

The Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., is getting a second archbishop.

The National Catholic Reporter reports on its website Monday that Pope Francis is appointing a coadjutor archbishop to assist Archbishop John Myers.

The Reporter says the bishop of Gaylord, Mich., Bernard Hebda, will be named to the post Tuesday.

A co-adjutor bishop immediately succeeds a diocesan bishop who retires or dies.

Myers is 72, about three years from mandatory retirement. He's been under fire for his handling of the case of the Rev. Michael Fugee.

Fugee confessed to grabbing a boy's crotch but returned to the ministry under an agreement that he be kept from unsupervised contact with minors. Instead, authorities say he became a fixture at a youth group. He later resigned and was arrested.

The archdiocese is holding a news conference Tuesday. It declined to comment.

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