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San Diego bishop suffers stroke but is 'alert and in good spirits'

SAN DIEGO -- The Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego has suffered a stroke but remains "alert and in good spirits" in the hospital, the diocese announced Thursday.

Bishop Cirilo Flores suffered the stroke Wednesday afternoon while in his office at the Pastoral Center and was rushed to a hospital, the diocese said.

Flores, 65, who became bishop in September, "will be receiving treatment for a few days before his release," the diocese announced in a statement signed by Msgr. Steven Callahan, the diocese vicar general.

"With the faithful people of God let us pray for Bishop Flores' speedy and full recovery," said the statement.

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 in January 2012. In September 2013, as planned, he became the fifth bishop of the San Diego diocese, succeeding Bishop Robert Brom, who retired.


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