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Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Father Daniel McCarthy

October 17, 2020
Dear Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish and School Family, It is with great difficulty that I write to share news about your pastor emeritus, Father Daniel McCarthy. I have asked Father McCarthy to step aside from ministry following receipt this week by the Archdiocese of Chicago's Archdiocesan Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor approximately 50 years ago while he was assigned to Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago. I have asked that Father McCarthy live away from the parish while the matter is investigated.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Pope Francis’ encyclical letter ‘Fratelli Tutti’

Oct. 4, 2020
“Fratelli tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship” is destined to be a defining document and body of teaching for the pontificate of Pope Francis. With this powerful encyclical letter, addressed to all people of goodwill, the Holy Father again reminds us why he is considered a preeminent moral teacher — and in an extraordinarily critical and fraught moment in human history.
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on the 2020 “National Catholic Prayer Breakfast”

September 17, 2020
In response to media and other requests, the Archdiocese of Chicago offers the following clarification regarding an event called “The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.”
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Jacob Blake Shooting

Aug. 28, 2020
Jacob Blake and his family need and deserve our prayers. State investigators have reported that Jacob was shot seven times in the back by a police officer and his family reports that he may never walk again
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on its Reopening Plan for its Schools

August 20, 2020
The Archdiocese of Chicago created a reopening plan for its schools that places the health and safety of our students, teachers and employees above all else.
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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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