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Inmates hear Christmas message in Chicago jail

CHICAGO - Chicago's new archbishop and a leading civil rights leader each delivered Christmas Day messages of hope for inmates at one of the nation's largest jails.

Archbishop Blase Cupich and the Rev. Jesse Jackson led separate services in the Cook County Jail on Thursday.

Cupich led a morning Christmas mass attended by nearly 150 inmates. He spoke in both English and Spanish during the service and stressed the importance of living with a focus of caring for others.

Jackson encouraged more than 200 male and female inmates to prepare for the future and not make jail their "permanent home."

Cupich replaced Cardinal Francis George last month as the spiritual leader of more than 2 million Catholics.

Jackson has regularly delivered Christmas Day sermons at the jail.

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