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Homily of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Mass for the Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Old St. Patrick’s, Chicago

March 11, 2017
Thank you Fr. Hurley and all here at Old St. Pat’s for the chance to celebrate with you once again the beginning of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
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The letter below was distributed to priests of the archdiocese on February 28, 2017

With this letter I want to express my support as we stand together in solidarity with many of our parishioners who are deeply troubled by the recent executive orders related to immigration. Their trust in you and the Church is prompting them to come to you for support, spiritual guidance, and compassion.
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Statement of Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools on St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School (Lemont), Our Lady of the Ridge School (Chicago Ridge) and St. Benedict Preparatory School (Chicago)

February 24, 2017
In December 2016, the Archdiocese of Chicago presented St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School, located in Lemont, and Our Lady of the Ridge School, located in Chicago Ridge, with fundraising and student enrollment targets that needed to be met for the schools to open next school year (2017/18).
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants

January 29, 2017
This weekend proved to be a dark moment in U.S. history. The executive order to turn away refugees and to close our nation to those, particularly Muslims, fleeing violence, oppression and persecution is contrary to both Catholic and American values.
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Statement of Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools on St. Joseph School (Homewood) and St. Louis de Montfort School (Oak Lawn) Transition

January 11, 2017
St. Joseph School, located in Homewood, and St. Louis de Montfort School, located in Oak Lawn, have faced declining enrollment and financial difficulties over the past several years.
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Statement from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on 2017 World Day of Peace Message from Pope Francis

December 12, 2016
In his message for the 50th World Day of Peace, Pope Francis invites us to build peace through active nonviolence and reminds us that Jesus offers “a manual for this strategy of peacemaking in the Sermon on the Mount.” That profound teaching, the pontiff observes, challenges political and religious leaders, heads of international institutions and business and media executives “to build up society, communities and businesses by acting as peacemakers. It is to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost.” Quoting from his earlier writing, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis notes that this program requires “the willingness to face conflict head on, to resolve it and to make it a link in the chain of a new process.”
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Statement of Archbishop Blase J. Cupich on the November 2016 U.S. Elections

November 9, 2016
The American people have spoken. I pledge my prayers for those elected and I ask the Lord to enlighten and sustain them in their service to all the people of our country. I also pray for those who held opposing positions, that they continue to participate in our democracy as we strive to work together in respectful harmony for the common good.
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Statement of Archbishop Blase J. Cupich on Marist High School Racism Incident

November 8, 2016
Racism is a sin and has no place in the Church, including the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our schools must be places where all are respected and the values of tolerance and peacemaking are taught and nurtured.
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Statement on the Naming of Archbishop Blase J. Cupich to the College of Cardinals

October 9, 2016
His Holiness, Pope Francis, announced today at the Vatican that Archbishop Blase J. Cupich is a cardinal-designate and will be among the 17 new cardinals to be created at the consistory November 19, 2016, at the Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City. Archbishop Cupich was appointed to head the Chicago archdiocese, the nation’s third largest, by Pope Francis on September 20, 2014.
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Statement on Charges Filed Against Father Octavio Muñoz Capetillo

September 21, 2016
We learned today that Father Octavio Muñoz Capetillo has been charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography. The charge comes in connection with a police investigation that began after the archdiocese reported that inappropriate material had been found on a computer in his possession.
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