© 2023 Peoria Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Pope Francis Prays for Chicago Violence Victims in Letter

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich says Pope Francis has written him a letter saying he is praying for the city's victims of violence.  Cupich read from the pope's letter during an event announcing the Chicago Archdiocese's new initiatives to fight violence in the city. Chicago has seen killings spike, hitting a 19-year high last year when there were 762 homicides.

Pope Francis made a call for nonviolence in his letter and told Cupich to tell the people of Chicago that he shared in their grief and prays they may experience healing and reconciliation.

The archdiocese's anti-violence efforts will include a Good Friday "Walk for Peace" through the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. The archdiocese also is creating a fund to invest in new anti-violence approaches.

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.