INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says he is pleased the city’s Roman Catholic archbishop has been elevated to cardinal.
Pope Francis on Sunday named 17 new cardinals, including Archbishop Joseph Tobin.
In his statement, Hogsett said Indianapolis has been blessed by Tobin’s spiritual and civic leadership. He added he looks forward to working with Tobin and the Catholic Church to end poverty and inequality in the city.
Speaking at the end of a special Mass on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said the 17 would be elevated on Nov. 19.
The elevation of Tobin is significant both for the U.S. church and the U.S. election and reflects Francis’ concern for refugees. Tobin openly opposed the position of Indiana Gov. Michael Pence, now the Republican running mate of presidential candidate Donald Trump, against the settling of Syrian refugees in the state.