- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich (BLAYZ’ SOO’-pihch) has met with Pope Francis.

The Archdiocese of Chicago says the two met Friday at the Vatican’s guesthouse and the pope’s residence. It was their first meeting.

In a written statement released Saturday, Cupich says he thanked the pope for selecting him to lead Chicago’s more than 2 million Catholics. Cupich took over from Cardinal Francis George, who died of cancer in April.

Cupich is at the Vatican this week for the Mass where he will receive a pallium, the woolen vestment that popes present to archbishops.

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