CHICAGO (CBS) — The new Catholic archbishop of Chicago mixed laughter and prayers with a serious message Tuesday as he took the reins of the Chicago Archdiocese from Francis Cardinal George during a two-hour mass at Holy Name Cathedral.
Priests, bishops, religious leaders from other denominations and dignitaries that included Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel filled Holy Name Cathedral to witness the installation, after a simple ceremony before a Cook County judge in which Archbishop Blase Cupich said he would accept a mandate from Pope Francis and lead the 2.2-million Catholics of Cook and Lake Counties, Ill.
Archbishop Cupich made those in the congregation laugh hard several times, in which he said, “Seriously folks. I don’t do walking on water. I can barely swim.”