Pope Francis Elevates Archbishop Cupich to Cardinal
At the end of his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that Chicago's Archbishop Blase Cupich will be elevated to Cardinal. Archbishop Cupich is among 17 new Cardinals; 13 of whom are under the age of 80 and eligible to vote in the next conclave.
Of the 17 new Cardinals, 3 were Americans, the most names from any one country, including Archbishop Cupich, Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis and the former Bishop of Dallas, Kevin Farrell, now Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
Five of the new cardinals came from countries that never previously had a cardinal: Bangladesh, the Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Overall, the new cardinals came from five continents, emphasizing Pope Francis' vision of a global Catholic Church.
Archbishop Cupich received the news when he was awakened by a phone call from a friend in Rome shortly after 5 a.m. “I was glad to get the phone call, but I missed those two hours of sleep,” he said. “While I’m pleased with this, I don’t really feel any different. I feel like I’ll be the same person I’ve always been.”
In the official news release of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Archbishop Cupich states, “The news this morning that Pope Francis has named me to the College of Cardinals is both humbling and encouraging. 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."
"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 [of Chicago] and preparing it to thrive in the decades ahead,” adds Archbishop Cupich.
Saint Joseph College Seminary is elated at Archbishop Cupich's announcement to cardinal. We congratulate you, Cardinal-designate, and we will be streaming your elevation on November 19!