Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze dies at 95

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A local leader in the Catholic faith has passed away.

Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze died this morning at Ocean Springs Hospital. He was 95-years-old.

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Howze was bishop emeritus of Biloxi and was also Biloxi’s founding bishop, serving as the first black bishop in the 20th century to head up a diocese.

Bishop Howze retired May 15th, 2001 after serving as bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi since 1977. Funeral arrangements are pending.

News 25 will have more on the life of Bishop Howze tonight at 5 p.m. on FOX and 5:30 p.m. on NBC.