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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Shooting of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

February 13, 2018

Commander Paul Bauer lost his life today protecting the people of our great city. He is a husband, father, son, brother, friend, police officer and hero.

Each day, those who answer the call to protect and serve leave their families and risk their lives to keep us safe. Commander Bauer’s loved ones are experiencing the nightmare all first responders’ families pray will never come.

Like too many Chicago families, his parents are now left in grief, his wife is left widowed, his daughter left fatherless. Please join me in prayer for Commander Bauer, his family and friends, as well as all for those who work to maintain the peace and help the suffering here and around the world. And let us pray for our city, and turn our sorrow and sympathy to action, taking up their mission of peacemaking and resolving to end the violence in our neighborhoods.