July 19, 2011. (Romereports.com)
The city of Philadelphia will soon have a new archbishop. The pope appointed Monsignor Charles Chaput to lead one of the biggest archdiocese in the U.S. Within just a few months, the 66 year old will leave his current post as archbishop of Denver to take on his new role.
Chaput is the first Native American archbishop in the country. He's also a member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Indians. More than anything, he's mostly known for being an outspoken and conservative voice in the Church, especially on issues like abortion, stem cell research and gay marriage.
Chaput will replace 76 year old Cardinal Justin Rigali who plans to retire after serving in Philadelphia since 2003.
The formal transition is expected to take place on September 8th, 2011.