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New bishop appointed for Diocese of Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Diocese of Yakima announces its seventh bishop for Yakima.

Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson, 53, was introduced at Yakima's Holy Family Parish Tuesday morning.

Tyson currently serves as an auxiliary bishop for the Seattle Archdiocese.

He will replace Bishop Carlos Sevilla who is retiring. Sevilla turned in his resignation last year when he turned 75, as required by the Vatican at that age.

Tyson is multi-lingual and can speak English and Spanish. He was baptized at Yakima's St. Paul Cathedral.

KNDO asked Tyson about the many challenges he'll face as the new bishop, including dealing with church sex abuse cases.

"The sexual abuse scandal is terrible. It's a terrible thing that happened with the church. And the church cannot apologize enough for what's happened to the victims of clergy abuse. I don't want to minimize that, at all," Tyson explained.

Tyson will be officially installed as Yakima's bishop May 31, at a special mass that will be held at Holy Family Parish.

The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in seven counties.