Archbishop Cupich to be elevated to Cardinal in November

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Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will be elevated to Cardinal in November. WGN Radio’s Steve Grzanich reports:

The Archdiocese of Chicago released the following statement this morning:

His Holiness, Pope Francis, announced today at the Vatican that Archbishop Blase J. Cupich is a cardinal-designate and will be among the 17 new cardinals to be created at the consistory November 19, 2016, at the Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City. Archbishop Cupich was appointed to head the Chicago archdiocese, the nation’s third largest, by Pope Francis on September 20, 2014.

“The news this morning that Pope Francis has named me to the College of Cardinals is both humbling and encouraging,” said Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. “I offer my best wishes to the other Cardinals-elect, especially Kevin Farrell and Joseph Tobin, and I look forward to joining with them and the other cardinals as we work together with the Holy Father for the good of the Church.”

“When Pope Francis appointed me Archbishop of Chicago more than two years ago, the people of the archdiocese welcomed me as a friend and brother and I committed wholeheartedly to serve them,” said Archbishop Cupich. “The role of Cardinal brings new responsibilities, but with your prayers and help, we will continue the task we have begun of renewing the Church in the archdiocese and preparing it to thrive in the decades ahead.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emaneul released the following statement:

Amy and I want to congratulate Archbishop Cupich on the great honor of being named a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, and thank him for his continued service to the people of the City of Chicago. In just a short time serving our city he has made a tremendous impact as a voice for the voiceless in the name of inclusion – for those living in poverty and on the margins of society, for immigrants and new Americans, and for children and families across the city and around the world. He is a light of inspiration for all of us, and a blessing to the City of Chicago. I want to thank Pope Francis for his recognition of Archbishop Cupich’s leadership, not just in the church but in our society.