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The 84-year-old is the first ever cardinal named from Malaysia.

Francis said the 17 would be elevated at a consistory on November 19, on the eve of the close to his Holy Year of Mercy. Many news reports describe Cupich and Tobin as moderates who reflect the tone and teachings of Pope Francis.

Now known as His Eminence, Cardinal elect, Sir John Ribat, he is the first local and the sixth living Cardinal from Oceania. The others would remain in their posts around the world. Tobin resettled a Syrian family in his diocese in IN in cooperation with the U.S. Bishops Conference refugee and migrant program in direct defiance of Pence's anti-Syrian refugee measure.

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.

Confused, Tobin checked in on the explosion of social media activity and learned that Pope Francis appointed him cardinal, a designation that places him in the highest echelon of religious leaders in the Catholic church. Archbishop Cupich also serves on many committees, including: the USCCB Communications Committee; the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, National Dialogue Initiative with Muslims, Co-Chair; the USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Chair; Catholic Church Extension Society, Chancellor; and The Catholic Mutual Relief Society, Executive Member.

Heading up the list of new cardinals is Mario Zenari who is now the papal envoy to Syria - a "martyred" country, according to the pope.

According to Reuters, with this current batch, Francis has now named 44 cardinal-electors, slightly more than two-thirds of the total of 120 allowed by Church law.

- Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, of Bangui, Central African Republic.

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Another important European on the list is Spaniard Carlos Osoro Sierra, the archbishop of Madrid, who many call "the Spanish Francis" because he is so similar in pastoral style to Francis, and who is sure to start making the lists of the "papabili" or "popeable" contenders to replace Francis should he resign or pass away.

Please find below a biography of Archbishop Cupich: Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. Reaching to another periphery, he is giving the red hat to Sergio da Rocha, archbishop of Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, the country with the largest Catholic population in the world that is today in a grave political crisis over corruption.

Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo of Merida, Venezuela, who turns 72 October 10.

Archbishop Maurice Piat of Port-Louis, Mauritius, 75.

Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, 66.

Retired Bishop Sebastian Koto Khoarai of Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho, 87.

Fr. Ernest Simoni, a priest of the Archdiocese of Shkodre-Pult, Albania, 87.

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