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San Diego bishop remains in hospital a week after suffering stroke

San Diego bishop remains in hospital a week after suffering stroke
Cirilo Flores, while auxiliary bishop of Orange, walks down the aisle during an All Souls Day Mass in 2010. Now bishop of the San Diego diocese, he has been hospitalized since April 16 after suffering a stroke. (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

SAN DIEGO -- A week after suffering a stroke, Roman Catholic Bishop Cirilo Flores remains in the hospital "undergoing treatment and tests," the San Diego diocese said Thursday.

The bishop "expects to go home from the hospital in the near future for continued recovery," said Msgr. Steven Callahan, the diocese vicar general.

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Flores, 65, suffered the stroke April 16 while in his office at the Pastoral Center. "Bishop Flores is grateful for all who have been praying for his recovery to good health," Callahan said.

Flores, born in Corona, received a bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University and then a law degree from Stanford. He practiced law for a decade in Riverside and Los Angeles counties before being ordained in 1991 as a priest for the Diocese of Orange.

After serving in several posts in Orange County, he was named as coadjutor bishop in San Diego by Pope Benedict XVI in January 2012. In September 2013, as planned, he became the fifth bishop of the San Diego diocese, succeeding Bishop Robert Brom, who retired.

tony.perry@latimes.com

Twitter: @LATsandiego

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