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October 16, 2016

A message from Bishop Timothy L. Doherty: About Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin and Cardinal-designate Blase J. Cupich

Prayerful congratulations to Cardinal Tobin for his being elevated by Pope Francis to an honored and responsible office.

This is a wonderful piece of news about his continuing ministry, and undoubtedly will be a point of pride for all of us in Indiana.

I consider Cardinal Tobin among my friends, and a good priestly example as well. I am happy that his significant talents and his faithful heart will serve the Church in this new way.

My congratulations and prayers go out to Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich and his archdiocese.

His abilities as a thinker and pastor will now play a special role in the College of Cardinals.

I have known Cardinal Cupich since we were in the seminary, and he has always been a kind man. His humorous observations reveal a consciousness of God’s presence and help in every moment.

Perhaps many do not know that the dioceses of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana constitute Region VII, one of the groupings of the U.S. Catholic dioceses. It is breathtaking to have two men from this region named cardinals on the same day.

There are only about 225 cardinals in the whole world, and about 120 of them are under 80 years old — the age at which they would become ineligible to vote for a successor pope. This vote is usually the most significant part about being a cardinal. Suddenly, the American Midwest gains a significant voice in that college.

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