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Poles join WYD pilgrims in welcoming Pope Francis to Krakow

KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) -- Baptiste Milani's flag pole topped with the French flag reached higher than any of the others near the entrance to Blonia Park.

  1. Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of "absurd violence" added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman.

  2. Thank you for your service

    With this issue, the Catholic New World salutes and thanks the religious men and women who have devoted their lives to serving the people of God. In the following pages, we honor hundreds of teachers, nurses, chaplains and parish priests who have given anywhere from 15 to 85 years in service of the Lord. Join us in offering them our thanks.

  3. Belleville bishop: All lives really do matter

    As a citizen of this country, as a Catholic priest and bishop, and as an African-American, I am deeply distressed by the recent violent eruptions of the racial divide in the United States.

  4. Celebrating a century in age, and 75 years in vows

    Walk into the room of Sister of St. Casimir Delphine Grigas, 100, at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont, and on the desk you’ll find a slim volume of contemplative prayers for meditation and a thick paperback blazoned with “10,000 Silly Jokes.”

  5. Vacation Bible schools bring fun, faith to summer

    Hundreds of children from the Archdiocese of Chicago are taking time out this summer to explore their faith, learn Bible stories and have fun making crafts and playing games at vacation Bible school.

  6. Peace Corner offers safe haven for at-risk youth

    Chicago’s Austin neighborhood remains one of the city’s highestcrime areas. But for more than 10 years, the Peace Corner drop-in center and after-school program has offered youth a place where gang turf doesn’t matter and they are free of the drug culture on their streets.

  7. Faith leader: ‘We cry out in anguish for every life lost’

    “As faith representatives of this great country we reaffirm that every life is equally precious regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or nationality,” proclaimed Imam Kareem Irfan in his impassioned remarks in Daley Plaza on July 19.

  8. Bishop McElroy calls for ‘apology’ to gay and lesbian Catholics One expression may be a re-evaluation of the language the church uses

    The pope’s call for Christians to offer an apology to gay and lesbian people, issued during his flight back to Rome from Armenia on June 26, was carefully welcomed by Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego.

  9. Liturgical Institute uses media to get the word out

    “The Mass is very long and tiresome unless one loves God.” That quote, from G.K. Chesterton, is short, pithy and a little bit challenging. In other words, perfect for social media, even though it was first published in 1909.

  10. Help us with our Catholic 'bucket list'

    We are compiling a “bucket list” of things to do in the Archdiocese of Chicago and would like to know about shrines, churches, local pilgrimages, annual novenas, Catholic places or events you’ve visited in Cook or Lake counties that have really touched you.

  11. Pope Francis brings Latin American vision to universal mission of the church

    VATICAN CITY — The challenges and experiences of the church in Latin America figure heavily in Pope Francis’ papacy, especially when it comes to making bishop appointments, addressing global issues and the pastoral care of the poor and the marginalized.

  12. Healing racial divide starts with dialogue, black bishops say

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The threat of being pulled over by police and arrested for something that even “hinted of going beyond the status quo,” was very real to retired Bishop John Ricard of Pensacola- Tallahassee, Florida, when he was growing up in segregated Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Families: the privileged place of God’s revelation Reflections on ‘The Joy of Love’

These summer months will, I hope, provide each of us with some leisure time to read. I know that a lot of children have put together a list of books for summer reading, and that many even approach their reading as a contest with their peers.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, July 25, 2016

    Chicago Students Take on Global Issues

    How do globally-minded university students from Chicago spend their summer vacation?

  2. Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Sisters of Mercy Gather and Feed the Hungry

    On June 25, Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates and volunteers turned conversations about mercy into acts of mercy as they packaged 35,000 nutritious meals for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Cheers of “Go Mercy Go” filled the room as each box of meals was completed.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    See and find

    Pixar’s tale of a buoyant blue tang with short-term memory loss, “Finding Dory,” became the top-grossing animated feature film in North America on July 17, earning $445.5 million in its first five weeks.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    Mass readings remind us not to become attached to possessions

    July 31: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Eccl 1:2; 2:21-23; Col 3:1-5, 9- 11; Lk 12:13-21

    There seems to be something in the Bible for everyone. Those who look at life with a skeptical eye, for example, will find strong kinship with the book of Ecclesiastes, also known as Qohelet. The name means a “collection” or gathering of a number of proverbial sayings that deal with the futilities of life.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    Four lessons on divine mercy

    I had the enormous privilege at the end of May of addressing English-speaking priests from around the world who had gathered in Rome for a special celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy. I met fathers from the States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, Ghana, Cameroon, Ireland, Nigeria and many other countries.

  • A procession was held as part of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish’s annual festival in Melrose Park on July 17. Every year the event, which honors their patron Our Lady of Mount Carmel, draws thousands of mostly Italian-Americans for a novena, Masses, processions and a street festival. Photo Gallery

  • Archbishop Cupich celebrated a Mass for pilgrims traveling to Krakow for World Youth Day at Holy Name Cathedral on July 10. Photo Gallery

  • Archbishop Cupich accept the gifts from members of the Knights of Malta as the order gathered for their annual Mass on the feast of St. John the Baptist at Queen of All Saints Basilica on June 24. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)