From altar boy in South Omaha, Nebraska to Cardinal 

Omaha and Catholics of the Archdiocese of Omaha received historic news Sunday: A native priest, “a homegrown son of the archdiocese,” is being elevated to the position of cardinal.
The Vatican announced Sunday that Pope Francis has named Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago as one of 17 new cardinals, one of the highest stations in church hierarchy. Cardinals under age 80 would elect a new pope.
Cupich, 67, served as an altar boy at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in South Omaha and graduated from the now-closed Archbishop Ryan High School before becoming an Omaha parish priest. He brings his Omaha roots to his high-ranking role, said Deacon Timothy McNeil, chancellor of the Omaha archdiocese.
As a cardinal, Cupich will serve as an adviser to Pope Francis, bringing with him traits of “bedrock South Omaha, with its emphasis on family and its work ethic” and with the “giving nature of the people of Omaha,” McNeil said.
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