Pope taps Chicago, Indianapolis in US cardinal picks

Blase Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago. (Associated Press)
Blase Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago. (Associated Press)

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is congratulating Roman Catholic Archbishop Blase Cupich on his elevation to cardinal.

Cupich was one of 17 new cardinals named Sunday by Pope Francis, among them Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Kevin Farrell, the outgoing bishop of Dallas.

The three men are moderates who follow Francis’ emphasis on mercy over rules.

Speaking at the end of a special Mass on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said the 17 would be elevated at a consistory on Nov. 19, on the eve of the close to his Holy Year of Mercy.

In a statement, Emanuel said in his short time in Chicago, Cupich has made a tremendous impact as a voice for the voiceless in the name of inclusion.

Emanuel went on thank Pope Francis for recognizing Cupich’s leadership in both the church and society.

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