CHICAGO (AP) — The archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, has been elevated to cardinal by the pope.
Cupich, who has led the Archdiocese of Chicago for two years, was one of 17 cardinals appointed Saturday In Vatican City by Pope Francis.READ MORE: Bill Geared Toward Creating More Affordable Housing Passes Out Of Illinois Senate Committee
Cupich is the seventh cardinal to serve Chicago’s archdiocese and its 2.4 million Catholics.
Popes choose cardinals — called “princes of the church” — on the basis of whether they share his approach to the church’s mission in the world.READ MORE: MISSING: Sariyah, 10, From Matteson
The 67-year-old Cupich was born in Omaha, Nebraska and was ordained in 1975.
Francis used the ceremony Saturday to rail against what he says is a growing tendency in the world to exclude people of different nationalities, races or beliefs.MORE NEWS: Chicago Public Library Posts Archive Of Speeches By Mayor Harold Washington, Born 99 Years Ago Thursday
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