Pope Francis is praying for Chicago.
“Please convey to the people of Chicago that they have been on my mind and in my prayers,” the pope wrote in a letter sent this week from the Vatican to Cardinal Blase Cupich.
“I know that many families have lost loved ones to violence,” the pope continued. “I am close to them, I share in their grief, and pray that they may experience healing and reconciliation through God’s grace.”
Cupich read the letter aloud Tuesday on the West Side as he announced plans to help combat violence in the city, including a “walk for peace” through the Englewood community on Good Friday.
Cupich said the pope is aware of the violence plaguing some Chicago neighborhoods and supports the Chicago archdiocese’s anti-violence efforts.
“I pray that the people of your beautiful city never lose hope, that they work together to become builders of peace,” Cupich said, again reading the letter from the pope.