The Catholic Church on Tuesday announced that Archbishop Jose Gomez, who served in San Antonio for five years, will be the new archbishop of Los Angeles, the largest Catholic community in the United States.
Gomez, who was born in Monterrey, Mexico, will become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic Catholic leaders in the United States upon the retirement in 2011 of Cardinal Roger Mahony, the current leader of the three-county Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Los Angeles "is one of the great Catholic communities of the United States" and the world, Gomez said at a news conference Tuesday.
Gomez, 58, who will serve as coadjutor of the diocese until Mahony retires, will be the first Hispanic archbishop of Los Angeles, which counts more than 5 million Catholics, 70 percent of them Hispanic.
"I promise to listen well, and to learn well," Gomez said.