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Chicago Cardinal presents $100,000 to McAllen church on behalf of the Vatican

Parishioners from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen welcomed a Cardinal from the Archdiocese of Chicago on Tuesday.

Parishioners from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen welcomed a Cardinal from the Archdiocese of Chicago on Tuesday.

Cardinal Blase Cupich visited the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday to deliver a special donation of $100,000 to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on behalf of the Vatican.

The fund was given to help with the construction of the new Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen. The new facility will be dedicated to provide assistance for immigrants and refugees coming to the area.

"First floor will be an area to provide service," said Catholic Charities executive director Sister Norma Pimentel. "We also want an area for education components where people, groups and students can come and get educated on the whole reality of the immigrants and refugees. What we want is to make a center that is hurricane resistant."

Catholic Charities plans to have the center completed by late 2019. In the meantime, they will continue to service immigrants in their temporary center.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church will continue to accept donations, both monetary and material.

Cupich also presented La Posada Providence Shelter in San Benito, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Hidalgo County with a total of $75,000.

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