Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the July 7 Dan Ryan Peace Protest
History has proven many times that non-violent action and peaceful protest have the power to create change. The change we need in this moment is to end a culture of violence and indifference. This is a priority we must all embrace and for which we must all work.
I applaud the courage shown by young people in our city and across the country demanding their right to life and human dignity, given by God and guaranteed by our nation’s founders. They make us proud. They give us hope. I encourage them to be bold and undaunted in pressing their case and securing real change to have the peace and security they have every right to expect.
Let us all join together as Illinois citizens to pray for the success of their cause and for the safety of all on Saturday, the marchers, the motorists and those sworn to protect them.