Wilmington bishop released from hospital

August 25, 2008 7:13:04 PM PDT
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has been discharged from the hospital. Bishop Michael Saltarelli was admitted to Christiana Care Medical Center Hospital in Newark on Aug. 14 and diagnosed with an inflammation of the spine. A diocese spokesman says he was discharged Saturday and is now resting at home under a doctor's care.

The 75-year-old has reached the Catholic church's mandatory retirement age and will be succeeded as bishop next month by Bishop Francis Malooly, an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

In a letter published in the diocesan newspaper, Saltarelli wrote that he went to the hospital after feeling pain while walking, but strength was returning to his legs.

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