CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - Cardinal Blase Cupich continued a Christmas Eve tradition this year by visiting dozens of children at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital who are too ill to spend the holidays at home.
This year marked the fifth year in a row that Cardinal Cupich, as the head of Chicago's archdiocese, has paid a visit to the hospital the day before Christmas.
The Cardinal says he does it to help comfort the kids and to call attention to their situation. It’s also not just the kids who are there during Christmas week, but some for many weeks leading up to the holidays.
“Draw attention to -- on this day of a child being born at Christmas -- the children here who are suffering in their humanity, who have various illnesses, cancers, and debilitating neurological diseases," Cardinal Cupich said.
Cardinal Cupich said it's also important to remember the parents and families of the children hospitalized here.
"It really is a sacrifice on their part and the great love they have for their children is something that should inspire us all," Cardinal Cupich said.
Cupich would not take any questions about last week’s report from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan about the priest sex abuse scandal. He said he wanted the attention today focused on the children who are in the hospital.