Chicago (CBS) — Cardinal Blase Cupich carried out an annual Christmas Eve tradition by visiting patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital Monday.
“Despite their suffering, they seem to be able to draw within themselves a joy and a cheerfulness with also a sense of hope about their life,” Cupich said about the young patients.READ MORE: City Was Warned About Thousands of Corroding Light Poles But Failed to Fix Many, CBS 2 Investigation Finds
The cardinal brought prayers and a holiday message to the kids and their families who can’t be home for Christmas this year. He handed out crosses and cards as a reminder to families that they are not alone.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Arrives Sunday
“For him to come in and to be here, those are the kind of blessings we want at Christmas,” Priscilla Lang said. “We don’t want presents.”MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
Cardinal Cupich also thanked the doctors, nurses and other caregivers for the special care they show in healing young patients.