On Good Friday, two Pope Francis-appointed cardinals participated in processions that focused on immigration and gun control.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey joined a walk “for justice, for immigrants, and for all.” Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich participated in a “peace walk” and praised anti-gun teenagers for giving “all of us a lesson in courage.”
Cardinal Cupich on Good Friday marched through Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, which suffers from gun violence, with Fr Manuel Dorantes and young people before addressing crowd in English and Spanish, exhorting them to continue fighting against gun violence.
The Chicago event also featured a re-enactment of the Last Supper and Jesus carrying and dying on the cross.
America magazine reported:
At the end of the route, a crowd of several hundred gathered in front of Immaculate Conception to watch a re-enactment of Jesus’ crucifixion. An actor portraying Jesus, wearing a crown of thorns and covered in artificial blood, carried a large wooden cross through the crowd. He paused for a moment under a nylon banner, with the March for Our Lives logo, affixed to the side of the red-brick church before taking his place on the cross.
The banner read: “Dejen los ‘Pensamientos y Oranciones’ a nosostros. Legisladores, legisen! Prohiban las armas de asalto AHORA! Pedimos acción!” (“Leave the ‘thoughts and prayers’ to us. Legislators, legislate! Ban assault weapons NOW! We ask for action!”)
Good Friday is the one day of the year when Mass is not offered. On Good Friday, “our worship is directed, not to the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, but exclusively to the bloody but triumphant sacrifice of Calvary,” a 1962 daily missal from the Maryknoll fathers explains.
Cupich frequently makes strong statements on gun violence and immigration. He imparted his blessing on youth from his archdiocese attending the “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C. last month. Planned Parenthood helped organize that march.
Cardinal Cupich ✔@CardinalBCupich I want to assure all our young people that “I am with you” and all those marching in Chicago and around the nation today to #EndGunViolence
Cardinal Cupich ✔@CardinalBCupich I’m at @stsabinachurch to bless Chicago youth joining the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Let us listen to the voice of our young people and support stronger gun-safety measures.