Pope Francis appointed Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to the Vatican Congregation for Bishops, the office that proposes bishop candidates.
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Pope Francis has named an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, to head the diocese of Toledo, Ohio.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, publicized the appointment Tuesday.
Born June 11, 1959, and raised in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk, Thomas, 55, has been an auxiliary bishop in his hometown since 2006. He was ordained for the Philadelphia archdiocese in 1985, after attending the local St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and obtaining his licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
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John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis on Monday named new members of the Congregation for Bishops, and one American name was notably absent.