Archbishop Cupich Receives Pallium From Pope in Rome

Cupich met Pope Francis in person for the first time in Rome last week

Chicago's Archbishop Blase Cupich was recognized by Pope Francis in Rome on Monday, following last week's private meeting with the pope.

Cupich received the pallium at a special mass, along with more than 40 other archbishops. The pallium, a piece of cloth worn over an archbishop's vestments to symbolize his connection to the pope, is reserved for newly named metropolitan archbishops.

The archbishops received their palliums unofficially at the mass on Monday, but they will not receive them officially until August. Cupich will receive his pallium at Holy Name Cathedral.

Several Chicagoans joined Cupich at the mass and throughout his trip to Italy.

Cupich met Pope Francis for the first time during a private meeting in Rome on Friday at the Casa Santa Marta, where the pope lives.

The archbishop said he took the opportunity to "tell him about the many wonderful things happening in our local church and assured him of our support for his ministry of unity." 

Cupich added that the pope asked for prayers from the Chicago Archdiocese.

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