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Beloved Cuban bishop Agustin Roman dies in Miami

Agustin Roman, first Cuban to be appointed bishop in the US, dies in Miami at age 83 By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) ' Agustin Roman, the first Cuban to be appointed bishop in the United States, has died in Miami. He was 83.

The Archdiocese of Miami announced that Roman went into cardiac arrest and died Wednesday evening.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski called Roman a "great patriot" to the Cuban nation.

Officials say Roman and 132 other priests were expelled from Cuba in 1961. He arrived in Miami in 1966 and almost immediately became involved with the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity.

Roman retired as auxiliary bishop of Miami when he turned 75 on May 5, 2003, as required under canon law. He remained active at the Shrine, where he was often found greeting visitors and responding to letters from fellow Cuban exiles.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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