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Parishes march to protest violence

By Catholic New World
June 1, 2014

Parishes march to protest violence

While churches throughout the Chicago area were encouraged to hold anti-violence marches on Memorial Day weekend, Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood had specific reason: to mourn the death of 16- year-old Angel Cano, who was gunned down May 21, 2013. The march took place May 24, 2014.
Participants release balloons following the prayer service. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)
A young boys holds onto a balloon before the launch outside of Holy Cross Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4541 S. Wood St. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)
Siu Moy, project manager for Citizens for a Change, holds up a sign to passersby following the march on May 24. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New WorlD)
Parishioners of Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in the City's Back of the Yards neighborhood joined members of the community in a march for peace. Many wore T-shirts bearing the image of Angel Cano, who was gunned down in the neighborhood May 21, 2013. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)
Participants carried signs, sang and chanted through the streets in the city's Back of the Yard's neighborhood. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)
The peace march was sponsored by Chicago's Citizens for Change Holy Cross / Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)

While churches throughout the Chicago area were encouraged to hold anti-violence marches on Memorial Day weekend, Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood had specific reason: to mourn the death of 16- year-old Angel Cano, who was gunned down May 21, 2013. The march took place May 24.

Earlier, Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Parish sent a letter to pastors in the Archdiocese of Chicago encouraging them to participate in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Faith In Action” effort, which called on members of churches, synagogues and mosques to be outside their houses of worship from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 23, the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend. The weekend, the traditional start of summer, was a violent one in Chicago the last two years, Pfleger noted in his letter.

At Pfleger’s parish, St. Sabina, hundreds of people gathered for an antiviolence block party.

This year, there were no shootings reported in Chicago for a 42-hour stretch, from the evening of May 22 to the afternoon of May 24. But on May 24, Saturday, two people were killed and 10 more were shot in the afternoon and evening.

Topics:

  • memorial day
  • parishes
  • anti-violence

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