VATICAN CITY -- At about 4:30 a.m. Chicago time Saturday, Archbishop Blase Cupich was elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis in Rome.
Two other American bishops and more than a dozen others from around the world also received their red hats in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The rank of Cardinal is second only to the pope in the Catholic hierarchy. The college of cardinals elects the pontiff.
The 67-year-old Cupich has led Chicago’s 2.2 million Catholics for two years.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading a delegation of about 80 politicians and business leaders from the city who will be on hand for the ceremony.