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Cardinal Blase Cupich is to headline a faith radio show Monday./Sun-Times file photo 0

Cardinal Cupich and his sidekick Sakowicz

November 27th, 2016

Cardinal Blase Cupich will talk for the first time back in Chicago about his thoughts on being elevated to the College of Cardinals. He’ll speak during an interview with the very Rev. Greg Sakowicz on Monday’s “Catholic Community of Faith” program on Relevant Radio 950 AM.

The 9 a.m. program will have him reflecting on “what the elevation to cardinal means for Chicago” and the universal church, says Sakowicz, a witty priest recently appointed by Cupich to be rector of Holy Name Cathedral.

Sakowicz’s homilies are known for their candor and humor. (His late father Sig Sakowicz was a Chicago broadcast legend.) Given  Sakowicz and Cupich share a deep appreciation for a good joke,  their on-air conversation should be entertaining.

Both men live in the church’s rectory and share many breakfasts together before going about their days.

When Sakowicz moved in to the rectory’s fifth-floor qaurters right above Cupich, the priest joked he’d be trying out for Riverdance and practicing in his living room in the evenings.

Cupich responded in a playful way, saying, “Greg, don’t cause trouble.”

Along with discussing his role as a cardinal and his trip to Rome, don’t be surprised if Cupich talks sports, too. He and Sakowicz are big college football fans.

Cupich, a Nebraska native, is an avid follower of the Cornhuskers and Sakowicz loves University of Notre Dame.

“He knows college football and he knows sports very well,” says Sakowicz.

Also on the air will be co-host Wayne Magdziarz, senior vice president over capital planning at Loyola University.

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