CHICAGO (CBS) — Archbishop Blase Cupich toured Cook County Jail on Tuesday, meeting with inmates, and offering words of encouragement and hope.
Sheriff Tom Dart led Cupich on the tour of the facility, and highlighted the “disproportionate amount of Cook County’s poor, sick, vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals” who are being held there.
“This truly was, for many of them, the greatest thing that’s ever happened to them; and they were incredibly moved,” he said.
Cupich met individually with some detainees.
“A lot of them came up and asked me to sign their bibles, or to write a message to a mother, or a fiancée, or someone; to say that I pray for them, or offer a blessing. I would say there was a good number of people who did that,” he said.
The archbishop noted, with a smile, “it is a best-seller.”