Ruby Taylor speaking outside St. Benedict The African East Catholic Church alongside Hope Junior Youth Mentor, Dominique Jones, The Reverend Jessie Jackson, and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.
The Archdiocese of Chicago, its parishes, ministries, and community partners including Marillac St. Vincent, have launched an anti-violence initiative to increase the capacity and reach of current programs that address the root causes of violence and to identify and actively seek partnerships with like-purposed groups and individuals. The Archdiocese also announced it is seeking out and investing in new approaches and partnerships to breaking the violence-causing cycle of despair, racism and poverty in the city.
Pope Francis sent a letter to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, to express his support and encouragement for the efforts the Archdiocese and other Chicagoans are making to create peace.
“The causes of the violence we are seeing in our city are complex and deep seated, but I have a strong belief, based on the good will and the many dedicated efforts of our civic and religious leaders, that these causes can be addressed and the suffering can end if we all work together,” said Cardinal Cupich. “Bolstered by the encouragement of the Holy Father, we are dedicated to creating a framework for peace building in our city.”
MSV Chief Program Officer, Maureen Hallagan, has been attending regular planning sessions with the Archdiocese, leading up to the launch of this new initiative. “I think it’s wonderful that Cardinal Cupich is taking on such an active role in addressing the horrible violence in the City. We are very optimistic about this partnership between MSV and the Archdiocese and believe it is a solid step in the right direction.”
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