Chicago Archdiocese announces Cardinal George successor Bishop Blase Cupich

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The Archdiocese of Chicago officially announced Francis Cardinal George's successor at a press conference Saturday morning.

The press conference was held at 9:30 a.m. at the Archbishop Quigley Center in downtown Chicago.

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 is one of nine children.

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.

In April, after his third cancer diagnosis, Cardinal George said he urged the nuncio to launch the search for his successor.

George recently completed three rounds of chemotherapy.

He was diagnosed with urothelial cancer in August 2012, but after chemotherapy the cancer had been dormant for well over a year.

George has served nearly 18 years at the helm of the nation’s third largest archdiocese.

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