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Denver Archbishop Chaput taking helm of Philadelphia archdiocese amid strike, abuse scandal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' Roman Catholics in Philadelphia are welcoming their next leader, Archbishop Charles Chaput (chap-YEW'), at a cathedral Mass on Thursday.
He becomes the 13th bishop to lead the archdiocese of nearly 1.5 million people.
The 66-year-old Chaput most recently led the Denver archdiocese.
A Native American from Kansas, he belongs to the Capuchin order, a branch of the Franciscans.
Chaput says he thought he would work with the poor during his church career ' only to have God make him a bishop.
He is known as an outgoing leader, with strong interests in evangelism and social justice.
He takes the helm in Philadelphia as the archdiocese wrestles with a teacher strike and a looming criminal trial over the alleged sexual abuse of children by several priests.