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SPOKANE, Wash. -

 "When my cousins found out I was leaving, they were very blunt, they just asked if I could get them Bear's tickets," said Bishop Blase Cupich to a crowd attending the 18th annual 'Caring for Kids' luncheon.

On Thursday, Cupich blessed the meal for the luncheon but also made his first public comments on his departure to become the next Archbishop of Chicago. He told the audience as soon as he got to the inland northwest four years ago he immediately fell in love with the natural beauty as well as the community.

"In addition to meeting parishioners in the 80 parishes, I've also been involved in trying to promote the schools," says Cupich.

When Cupich got the call to go to Chicago, he said he was in shock. The move will put him in the third largest diocese.

"it's very large, 2.2. million Catholics and that will be something for me in terms of a steep learning curve," says Cupich.

Cupich says he will remain in Spokane until November 18th. If the Pope hasn't assigned a new bishop by then, the diocese will most likely select a local priest until the Pope chooses a replacement.

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