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Statement of Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Conversion of Hagia Sophia

July 24, 2020
On this Day of Mourning, we join as brothers in Christ to decry the conversion of the Hagia Sophia by the government of Turkey.
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Remarks for Governor's Meeting with Faith Leaders

June 2, 2020
Last week we had a death in the family – our brother George was murdered. We should mourn. We should be angry and hurt. And, we should heed the wishes of the Floyd family, and not dishonor his gentle memory by spreading the sickness of violence.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath

May 31, 2020
The past nights I have watched in great personal pain as the pent-up anger of our people caught fire across our country. I saw the city where I was born, the cities where I have lived, the city I pastor now, catch embers from the city where I was educated and burn. Was I horrified at the violence? Yes. But was I surprised? No.
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Liturgical and Sacramental Guidelines: Holy Week and Easter

April 7, 2020
All livestreamed parish liturgies are to be celebrated according to archdiocesan and governmental directives. Per the Vicar General communication on April 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now “recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” In view of this updated guidance, we remind all pastors and administrators of parishes and agencies that there are to be no public liturgical or sacramental celebrations (including drive-through or parking-lot gatherings for Communion, confession or blessings) until further notice.
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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, dispenses the faithful from Easter obligations

April 5, 2020
The attached decree was issued by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, to dispense Catholics from Easter obligations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Catholics are obligated to receive Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confession during the Easter season which runs from Easter Sunday to the feast of the Ascension of the Lord.
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Archdiocesan Guidelines for the Celebration of the Liturgies of Holy Week according to norms issued by the Vatican and the USCCB

April 1, 2020
Included below and posted to our dedicated archchicago.org/coronavirus page are the Archdiocesan Guidelines for the Celebration of the Liturgies of Holy Week according to norms issued by the Vatican and the USCCB. Please review these guidelines in detail. All LIVE-STREAMED PARISH liturgies are to be celebrated according to Archdiocesan and Governmental directives.
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Anointing of the Sick: Updated Guidelines March 30

March 30, 2020
In response to updated recommendations and guidance from healthcare professionals, we have revised our protocols regarding Anointing of the Sick. Please review the points below in full.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago Distributed the Following Guidelines and Policies to Clergy and Parish Staff

March 23, 2020
As all residents of the state comply with the order to stay at home and refrain from non-essential activities, we are nonetheless painfully aware that being cut off from the sacramental life of the church, especially the Eucharist, creates a great hardship for our people, indeed for all of us. However, we make this sacrifice for the common good, convinced that we, like all citizens, have a responsibility in preventing the spread of COVID-19. In fact, doing so will ensure that our people can return to the sacraments as soon as possible.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago Distributed the Following Guidelines and Policies to Clergy and Parish Staff

March 19, 2020
The Chrism Mass will NOT be celebrated publicly, nor will we hold our annual Day of Reflection. Cardinal Cupich and the auxiliary bishops will celebrate the Mass in Holy Name Cathedral, which will be livestreamed for the benefit of the faithful to view in their homes.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago Distributed the Following Guidelines and Policies on Funerals, Wakes and Viewings, and Committals to Clergy and Parish Staff

March 18, 2020
Given recent questions about funerals and wakes, it is important to clarify and reiterate current guidelines and policies, keeping in mind that those already issued by Cardinal Cupich on Friday, March 13, allow for funerals and other liturgies under certain conditions. These guidelines and policies are in effect until further notice.
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