Archdiocese, Cupich to mark 150th anniversary of Civil War’s end

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CHICAGO -- Thursday will mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Catholic churches and schools across the state will mark the occasion.

Archbishop Blase Cupich and the Chicago Archdiocese will celebrate at a place in Chicago that played a role for the both North and South.

The Cardinal Meyer Center at 35th and Lake Park Ave is a building that once housed captured Confederate soldiers. Just across the street is the Stephen A. Douglas tomb state memorial and Union Army Camp.

"We thought it was an important opportunity for us to highlight the importance of reconciliation in our country," Archbishop Cupich said. “And here we are in a spot where we symbolize the reconciliation that has gone on in our country since the Civil War.”

He says the idea was conceived at the Illinois Bishops Conference several weeks ago.

Recent incidents like Ferguson, Missouri and other racially charged incidents make Archbishop Cupich believe the Catholic Church can play a pivotal role in improving race relations in the land of Lincoln and all across our country.

***  Note:  The video piece incorrectly states the bell will ring at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.  They will ring at 2:15 p.m.

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