ORVIETO, Italy -- Archbishop Blase Cupich led a pilgrimage far from the city of Rome to a town called Orvieto. It was there Chicago Catholics got to see a miracle and hear inspiration from their leader.
In the land of chirping birds and olive trees, a cathedral sits high atop a hill. Inside, a host, stained with blood from the 13th century when it began dripping during a Mass at the consecration.
And Sunday at Mass, archbishop Cupich reminded those with him: to have faith is to have no fear.
The importance of his message was not lost on his youngest supporters who got the honor of serving Mass in Italy.
In his first meeting with Pope Francis, Archbishop Cupich said he felt strong in his faith and confident in the role the Holy Father chose for him. The man who leads 1.2 billion Catholics hand-picked Cupich to guide Chicago's 2.2 million.
The archbishop is heading back to Rome now to prepare for the Pallium Mass Monday where he will celebrate with the Holy Father.