Blase Cupich celebrates first mass as archbishop at St. Agatha’s

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Blase Cupich celebrated his first mass as archbishop today at St. Agatha's Catholic Church on Chicago's West Side.

The visit was symbolic on many levels, mainly because this was the parish over which convicted pedophile Rev. Daniel McCormack once presided. With the Archbishop's visit came a message of resurrection and an apology.

It was a packed house at St. Agatha's, as Cupich's parishioners jammed together to sing and pray with the new archbishop.

In his sermon, Cupich recognized the pain parishioners have had to deal with in the deep wounds McCormick left behind. He took extra time to pray and celebrate, and at one point he had the congregation physically surround him and anoint him.

Cupich said Sunday was a step forward for the community. He also apologized for the pain, but said, "Don't allow yourself to be paralyzed by one incident -- see the big picture."

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