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Chicago cardinal hosts Mass in area affected by violence

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich (blayz SOO'-pich) has hosted Easter Sunday Mass on the city's South Side to help draw attention to families affected by persistent violence.

The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2p8y7e2) reports that the two-hour service was at the St. Columbanus Catholic Church in the Park Manor. It's one of Chicago's oldest African-American parishes.

During the Mass, Cupich asked for tranquility to be restored to neighborhoods and for families to be kept safe from what he called "the weapons of hate."

Cupich also took part on Friday in a Walk for Peace through Englewood, another South Side neighborhood affected by deadly gun violence.

There were more than 760 homicides in Chicago last year. That's nearly a 20-year high.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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