Chicago Catholics embrace their new archbishop

By Ramsen Shamon

Blase Cupich, Chicago’s new Catholic Archbishop, has received a warm welcome from the Windy City. Cupich, 65, previously served as a bishop in Spokane, Washington before replacing Cardinal Francis George, who has retired and is battling cancer.

Cupich is known for his simple lifestyle, often choosing to use public transportation to get around and giving up his first-class airplane seats to strangers. Even so, upon his arrival in Chicago last month, Cupich told reporters at O’Hare International Airport he would not be using the CTA Blue Line to get into the city. Other travel arrangements had been made.

The archbishop also touched on Chicago’s gun violence epidemic: “It’s going to take everyone to be involved in [solving gun violence]: religious leaders, civic leaders, political leaders, the business community…What happens in one neighborhood affects us all.”