Cupich was one of 17 new cardinals named Sunday by Pope Francis, among them Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Kevin Farrell, the outgoing bishop of Dallas.
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Pope Francis announced Sunday that Omaha native Blase Cupich has been elevated to the position of cardinal.
CHICAGO (AP) Pope Francis looked to the American Midwest when picking his first USA cardinals.
The Vatican announced Sunday that Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich will become cardinals in a Rome ceremony November 19.
Sergio da Rocha, archbishop of Brasilia and the archbishop of Merida in Venezuela, Baltazar Porras Cardozo will also become cardinals, signalling the importance of Latin America to Francis' papacy.
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The three men are moderates who follow Francis' emphasis on mercy over rules.
Tobin drew attention in the USA for rejecting a request from Indiana Governor Mike Pence - now Donald Trump's running mate - to stop settling Syrian refugees in the Midwestern state. "I will hold a meeting of cardinals to nominate the 13 new cardinals from the five continents", Francis says.
The nomination for Tobin could indicate Francis' appreciation of Tobin's support for American nuns.
The Latest on the appointments by Pope Francis of his first USA cardinals. The Italian cities of Venice and Turin, for example, have been without cardinals for several years. Philadelphia is headed by the conservative Archbishop Charles Chaput, who has insisted on traditional church doctrine on issues such as whether civilly remarried couples can receive Communion - areas where Francis has sought greater flexibility.
In February 2015 Pope Francois created 20 new cardinals, greatly accelerating the internationalisation of the church in which European cardinals are no longer in the majority.
The geographic distribution of electors still heavily favors Europe, with 54 voting-age cardinals. The Americas come next with 34 cardinals in North, South and Central America. On Nov. 28, Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr of Senegal will turn 80, bringing the voting number down to 120. Africa, meanwhile, has 15, Asia 14 and Oceania four.
A previous version of this story corrected the spelling of Blase Cupich, not Blaise.