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Francis-appointed cardinals march for immigration, gun control on Good Friday

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April 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – 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.”  

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.

The “March for Our Lives” generated fawning media coverage, a courtesy not extended to the annual March for Life.

Chicago’s murder rate is among the highest in the country, consistently putting it on lists of America’s most dangerous cities

Tobin, who champions liberal immigration policies, made his support of anti-gun youth known during in March.

Tobin personally welcomed an “LGBT pilgrimage” to his cathedral in 2017, and recently found himself in hot water after tweeting, “nighty-night, baby. I love you.” He said that tweet was meant for his sister.

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