Nov. 20, 2018
Once again violence has struck our country. This time close to home at a place founded in 1852 to provide care for Chicago’s sick and dying.
Officer Samuel Jimenez, a married father of three, had been with the Chicago Police Department for just 18 months. He was killed rushing to help.
Dr. Tamara O'Neal, a dedicated emergency room physician, known for her charitable activities, was killed as she came to work.
Dayna Less, 25-year old pharmaceutical resident was just beginning her career and planning her wedding next year. She was killed as she just stepped off the elevator at her work.
All senselessly killed as they went about their day.
In Chicago, more than 2,600 people have been victims of gun violence this year alone.
We need to take a hard look at what is happening in our homes and in our communities. Fear and violence are an unending cycle that must be broken. It is well past time. We must act.
Please join me in prayer for Officer Jimenez, Dr. O'Neal, Dayna Less, their families and friends, as well as all for those who work to maintain the peace and heal the sick here and around the world. Let us pray for healing in our city and turn our sorrow and sympathy to action.
The morning after a gunman killed a doctor, a pharmacy resident and a Chicago police officer at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, more than 300 members of the hospital staff gathered for a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Perry.
Pope Francis named Cardinal Cupich to be part of the organizing committee preparing for a meeting of the world's bishops' conferences and representatives of religious orders to address the abuse and protection of minors.
Cardinal Cupich joined Jewish leaders and representatives of the Protestant tradition and of Islam in condemning the anti-Semitism that led to the killing of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Oct. 27. The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago hosted the event.