MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to be their new president.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami had made the short list along with nine other religious leaders from New Orleans, Detroit, Cincinnati, Washington and Los Angeles.

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The position makes Kurtz, who is from Louisville, the voice of the Catholic Church in the United States.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected vice president.

Archbishop Wenski, along with Bishop Richard Garcia, were elected to the board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC).

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The election was made during the bishops annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore.

Kurtz will succeed Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

The newly elected officers will begin their terms at the conclusion of the meeting on Thursday when Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz complete their respective terms as president and vice president.

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