Cardinal Blase Cupich has been chosen by Pope Francis to represent him on a trip to Puerto Rico. The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago will leave for the hurricane-ravaged island Sunday for a three-day trip.
More than two months have gone by since Puerto Rico was hit hard by hurricanes and many are still without power and lack access to clean drinking water.
Cardinal Cupich says he is honored and pleased to make the trip on behalf of the pope.
“I'm going to bring the message of the Holy Father one that he is concerned about them and that he has a heartfelt solicitude for them,” said the Cardinal. “I’m also just going to observe, to listen to people and how we can help even more.”
He will tour the island visiting Bishops and witnessing the devastation.
The Archdiocese of Chicago is helping hurricane victims on the island and right here in Chicago. Catholic Charities is providing services at the new Multi-Agency Resource Center in Humboldt Park, where more than 1,200 Puerto Rican evacuees have already registered.