Corporal Work of Mercy: Archdiocese of Chicago to pay for burials of up to 300, currently stacked up in Cook County Morgue.

The offer from Catholic Cemeteries would bear no cost to the county. It would include up to 300 burials to be conducted like any other ordinary, paid burial, the sheriff’s office said. The number of bodies requiring burials will dictate the locations, but some of the including locations include Mt. Olivet Cemetery and other local Catholic cemeteries.

For at least a month now, staff at the morgue have complained that the corpse cooler at the West Side facility is beyond the 300-body capacity, the Sun-Times reported last month.

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The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy

The seven practices of charity toward our neighbor,
based on Jesus Christ’s biblical prophecy of the Last Judgment,
that will help to determine each person’s final destiny:

To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To shelter the homeless
To visit the sick
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead