Archdiocese of Chicago

Statement of Archbishop Blase J. Cupich
on Terror Attack in Istanbul
June 29, 2016

Yesterday we saw another attack on the lives of innocent people seeking only to work and travel in peace. Coming as it has in the holy month of Ramadan, this latest atrocity shows a deep lack of respect for faith and human life. Monday night we joined with our Muslim brothers and sisters in celebrating the Annual Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) Catholic-Muslim Iftar dinner. Let the spirit of prayer and respect that pervaded that gathering grow in the coming weeks and months and leave no room for hatred and suspicion among our people.

Our prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.

Let us dedicate ourselves to working for peace and understanding in the memory of those lost and injured.


News Releases

Archbishop Cupich to Celebrate Sending Mass for
World Youth Day Pilgrims at Holy Name Cathedral Sunday, July 10, 3:30 p.m.

Chicago, IL (June 28, 2016) – Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will celebrate a special Sending Mass for all Chicago pilgrims traveling to Kraków for World Youth Day 2016, on Sunday, July 10, at 3:30 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. Weather permitting; the Mass will be celebrated in the Holy Name Cathedral Courtyard.

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Archdiocese of Chicago's 229 Catholic Schools Hang Peace Banners on School Buildings to Demonstrate Commitment
to a Peaceful Summer Archdiocese of Chicago's Quigley Pastoral Center also has peace
banners on display

Chicago, IL (June 21, 2016) – In the wake of the violence in Orlando and across the country, including in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools remain committed to peace. Throughout the summer, the Archdiocese’s 229 Catholic Schools will display banners that say “We are Praying for Peaceful Summer. Join Us.” in the hopes of uniting the community in peace. Last month 79,000 Catholic school students, 7,500 Catholic school staff members and more than 500 Archdiocesan Pastoral Center employees joined together to pray the “Prayer of St. Francis” for a peaceful summer.

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30th Annual National Social Action Summer Institute
to be held at St. Xavier University from July 17 to 21 Racial justice to be main focus of this year's conference

Chicago, IL (June 20, 2016) –The Archdiocesan Office for Peace and Justice, in collaboration with the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, will host the 30th Annual Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) from July 17 to 21, at St. Xavier University, 3700 West 103rd Street in Chicago. SASI is an annual national leadership conference, designed to strengthen the Catholic response to injustice in communities through spiritual and practical formation.

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