WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - August 25, 2008 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
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
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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