Chicago, Ill., Apr 4, 2017 / 23:12 pm
As violence continues to plague the city of Chicago, Pope Francis has sent words of encouragement, solidarity and hope to the people who live there.
"The consistent practice of nonviolence has broken barriers, bound wounds, healed nations – and it can heal Chicago," the Pope said in a letter to the local archbishop, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.
"Please convey to the people of Chicago that they have been on my mind and in my prayers," Pope Francis said.
"Sadly, as you have told me, people of different ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds suffer discrimination, indifference, injustice and violence today. We must reject this exclusion and isolation, and not think of any group as 'others,' but rather as our own brothers and sisters."