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The Christmas tree is positioned in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 19. The tree is an 82-foot spruce fir from Germany's Bavarian region. It arrived earlier than usual to be ready for the Dec. 8 opening of the Jubilee of Mercy. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

  1. Local Catholics building a ‘Pope Francis’ house

    So you want to do faith-building with people from your parish? Team-building with people from your school?

    How about house-building?

  2. Catechists, educators gather to recharge, refocus

    More than 2,000 catechists and Catholic school teachers and principals gathered Nov. 13 and 14 to get inspired about their ministry and to learn about changes to the catechist certification process.

  3. Group aims to raise enough to get toWorld Youth Day

    When 15 youth leaders from St. Jerome Parish’s Esperanza Latina group board a plane for World Youth Day in Krakow in July 2016, it will mark a special kind of success. It’s the success borne not just of setting a goal and meeting it, but also bringing together the entire group, the parish and neighboring parishes as well.

  4. Father Tolton’s life animated in new graphic novel

    The life of Servant of God Augustus Tolton already reads like a novel but now it is illustrated in full color in a graphic book produced in partnership with Liturgy Training Publications in Chicago and Editions du Signe in France.

  5. The reality of religious conflict in Africa

    The headlines about interactions between Muslims and Christians in sub-Saharan Africa might lead Americans to believe that the two groups never get along.

  6. Immigration reform advocates keep spirits, efforts up

    The outlook for the immigrant community might have seemed challenging at best in the days after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Barack Obama’s plan to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and with the xenophobic comments in the first Republican debate still fresh in the public arena.

  7. Speaker: Francis had everyone talking about the family

    As the English-language press assistant for the Synod of Bishops on the Family held Oct. 4-25 at the Vatican, Basilian Father Thomas Rosica had a first-hand view of all the ins and the outs of the event. He shared his reflections on the synod with alumni, students and faculty at Loyola University Chicago on Nov. 12.

  8. New rules for annulments to take effect Dec. 8

    On Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a major reform of the church’s procedures for declaring a marriage null announced in September by Pope Francis will go into effect. However, it may take some time for tribunals to put procedures in place.

  9. Sometimes doing a good thing involves a haircut

    Cheryl Eid lives on the streets in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, and on a brisk November Saturday morning, she was in the hall at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 4827 N. Kenmore Ave., having breakfast and getting her hair cut.

  10. Holy Year affirms belief Christians, Muslims, Jews share

    Vatican City — Opening the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis also hopes to open a year of “fervent dialogue” among Christians, Muslims and Jews, so that all who profess faith in a merciful God may be stronger in showing mercy toward one another.

  11. Pornography, politics statements take center stage at USCCB

    Baltimore — The U.S. bishops approved a formal statement on pornography and additions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility at their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore.

  12. Advent: Waiting within a culture that does not wait

    If you’re old enough to remember Mr. Rogers, whose “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” children’s program ran on public television for years, you may remember his song, “Let’s think of something to do while we’re waiting.”

  13. Krakow, Poland: World Youth Day 2016 host city attractive destination for travelers, pilgrims

    Krakow, Poland — Guide Ewa Basiura grasped a heavy iron cuff chained to the side of St. Mary’s Basilica.

  14. Catholic groups, undeterred by Paris attacks, to attend climate summit

    Washington, D.C. — Catholic organizations advocating to protect the world and its people from the impact of climate change said the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris had not dissuaded them from attending a major U.N. summit there.

  15. 30,000 American Catholics expected to attend World Youth Day

    Baltimore — The American contingent to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in July is expected to top 30,000 pilgrims.

  16. Use of pornography called 'mortal sin' if done with 'deliberate consent'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops approved a statement on pornography on the second day of their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Moments of crisis can bring the best out of us

Antoine Leiris lost his wife, Helene Muyal-Leiris, in the Paris terrorist attacks on Nov. 13. She was killed in the raid at the Bataclan concert hall, leaving behind her husband and their 17-month-old son, Melvil.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    St. Catherine Laboure Students Honor Veterans in Patriotic Ceremony

    On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the students of St. Catherine Labouré School came together to honor the brave men and women who have served in the United States military. The students were joined by special guest Lawrence Littel, a World War II veteran and Purple Heart honoree who served in the Pacific theater and now lives in Chicago.

  2. Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    First Holy Communion

    On Nov. 14, over 40 third grade children from St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 3741 W 62nd St., received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in a beautiful ceremony. The children radiated with joy and anticipation of receiving the Holy Eucharist for the first time before a church filled with proud family and friends. Catching a glimpse of all the children preparing to receive the Body of Christ for the first time and looking at the faces of all the family and friends present to witness their special child advance in the mystery of faith, you could hardly hold back a tear of joy and pride in watching as this blessed event unfolded. To learn more about St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, please contact the school office 773-735-0772. “A Place Where Students Flourish and Talents Flow”

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Giving thanks

    It's November, and all my social media accounts are overflowing with gratitude. Some people are listing something they're grateful for every day of the month, others are posting a list and challenging others to do the same. I'm not nearly organized enough to do a daily list, and I don't want to tag anyone who doesn't want to share.

  • ‘Look out: God is about to do something new, and it’s for you’

    Dec. 6: Second Sunday of Advent
    Bar 5:1-9; Ps 126:1-6; Phil 1:4- 6, 8-11; Lk 3:1-6
    In the Gospel reading, John addresses the central theme of his preaching in quoting the prophet Isaiah, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled. … The winding roads shall be made straight … and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    Daniel and the Great Unveiling

    Toward the end of the liturgical year, we Catholics hear at Mass from the mysterious, often confounding, and utterly fascinating book of Daniel.

  • A stunt pilot’s life would have been a piece of cake

    He is: Father Gerald Theis, a Society of the Divine Word missionary, actively retired at age 83, after more than 50 years of ministry in Papua New Guinea.

  • Once upon a time —

    A reader asked recently how old Church Clips is. Wow — into its 27th year! It hit the printed page in the Aug. 5, 1988 issue of “The Chicago Catholic.” It’s aim then and now: “To share in a nutshell much of the good news happening in the archdiocese. For fun we’ll call it benevolent gossip.”

Kelly Mindak, a junior at Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights, runs in the in the girls' Class 2A Cross Country State Championship at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov.7. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Dan Santino, a senior at St. Ignatius College Prep, finishes 24th in the boys Class 3A Cross Country State Championship at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov.7. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)