Indy archbishop Tobin could be headed to Newark, N.J.

By Kaitlin L Lange
Indianapolis Star
November 5, 2016

Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin speaks during a press conference about being chosen by Pope Francis to be a Cardinal, Indianapolis Catholic Center, Indianapolis, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

[with video] reported that sources close to the Newark archbishop said they expect him to announce Joseph W. Tobin, the archbishop of Indianapolis, as his successor.

Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin, the archbishop of Indianapolis, could be the next leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., the online affiliate of the Star-Ledger, reported Friday that three people close to the current Newark  archbishop told the paper that they expect him to announce Tobin as his successor Monday.

Whispers in the Loggia, a well-known Catholicism blog, also reported the likely successor.

Greg Otolski, the director of communications for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, did not return phone calls to the IndyStar on Saturday about Tobin's future.

Newark Archbishop John J. Myers reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in July. He has a news conference scheduled for 10:20 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. However, the content of that press conference has not been released.

Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese, declined to comment on Monday's news conference, reported.

Tobin was named archbishop of Indianapolis in October 2012. He made news last December for allowing Syrian refugees to settle in Indiana, despite a ban on their resettlement in Indiana from Gov. Mike Pence.

In October, He was appointed cardinal by Pope Francis on Oct. 9, much to his surprise. He said he found out through Twitter.

If Tobin does become the archbishop of Newark, he'll be the first cardinal to head the Archdiocese of Newark once his designation takes effect Nov. 18.


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