Cardinal-designate Tobin made news defending Church aid to refugees

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Last December, Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis made national news by defending the decision of his archdiocese to resettle a Syrian refugee family through the archdiocese's Catholic Charities agency  a decision that went against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's ban on resettling Syrian refugees in the state.

Cardinal-designate Cupich announcement doesn't surprise Chicago Catholics

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Archbishop Blase J. Cupich greeted the congregation at Holy Name Cathedral Oct. 9 with quips about the other news in town — the Chicago Marathon and the Cubs' second playoff win  before acknowledging the news that he had been appointed to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis.

Pope announces 17 new cardinals, including three from U.S.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will conclude the Year of Mercy by creating 17 new cardinals, including three from the United States: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family, and life; and Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis.