Bishop named to lead the Diocese of Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop to oversee the Diocese of Raleigh.

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Luis Rafel Zarama, an auxiliary bishop from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. EST.

58-year-old Zarama is from Colombia and will become the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh when he is installed at the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral on August 29, 2017.

The bishop role in the Diocese of Raleigh has been vacant since Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was appointed by Pope Francis on October 4, 2016 to serve as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Arlington.

Burbidge had led the Raleigh Diocese since 2006.

A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:00 a.m and will be streamed on both YouTube and Facebook.