Roman Catholic Bishop Cirilo Flores, the first Hispanic bishop to preside over San Diego's nearly one million Catholics, died Saturday after a battle with cancer, according to church officials. "Bishop Cirilo Flores passed away peacefully at 2:47 this afternoon at Nazareth House in San Diego," the Diocese of San Diego said in a statement. "Please remember Bishop Flores and his family in your prayers." Bishop Flores was the first Hispanic bishop to lead the church in San Diego, a city where one-third of all residents are of Latino heritage, according to U.S. Bishop Flores served in the post just less than a year, according to his official biography.
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