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Spokane Bishop to be Archbishop of Chicago

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Bishop Blase Joseph Cupich from Spokane will be the next Archbishop of Chicago. 

The Bishop doesn't leave the area until the middle of November. At that point, if the Pope hasn't assigned a new bishop to the diocese, the diocese will most likely select a local priest to serve as the Diocese Administrator until Pope Francis picks Bishop Cupich's successor. Cupich will most likely become a Cardinal, which means he will help the Pope make decisions, and cardinals help pick the next pope.

According to priests that work closely with Bishop Cupich, you would never know he is high up in the United States Catholic Church. Bishop Cupich flies coach on his many trips across country, and blends in with the public.  

"He won't tell them who he is either," said Fr. Mike Savelesky. "He will have his clerics on, his roman collar, they might ask him who he is and then he will tell him, but he won't say 'hey, I'm Bishop Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago.'" 

For the next couple months, the Bishop will stay in Spokane and will travel to Chicago.


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