Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane chosen to replace Francis Cardinal George

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Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane as the next Archbishop of Chicago.

The Vatican released the announcement early Saturday morning.

Bishop Cupich was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1949.

He earned his bachelor’s in philosophy from the College of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1971.

For the next four years, he was a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.   He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975, later earning a licentiate (1979) and a doctorate (1987) in sacramental theology from the Catholic University of America.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is scheduled to make the formal announcement about Francis Cardinal George's successor at a Saturday morning news conference at the Archbishop Quigley Center in downtown Chicago.

The 9:30 a.m. press conference will air live on WGN-TV, CLTV and WGNTV.com.

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