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Pope Francis in the United States and Cuba
World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia

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Local Catholics make trek to Philly to see pontiff

Several local pilgrims who travelled to Philadelphia from Chicago to see Pope Francis the weekend of Sept. 26- 27 described their trips as “providential” and full of miracles.

Chicago native sees her third pope in Washington, D.C.

Virginia Flens has seen three popes in person — two of them on the White House Lawn in Washington, D.C. Flens, the mother of Father Dan Flens, former assistant to Cardinal George, was one of 15,000 on hand to see Pope Francis Sept. 23 as he met with President Obama.

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Early-morning blaze devastates Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

For Nicole Rasiunas, the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, 6415 S. Woodlawn Ave., is home. She and seven of her eight children were there the evening of Oct. 6 for Mass and catechism, and she was planning to return at 8 a.m. Oct. 7 for Mass. But as she prepared to leave the house, she got a text message from a friend. The church, which had been undergoing renovation since the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest took it over in 2004, was on fire.

Through the Years: Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest - Photo Gallery

  1. Running for the love of God

    Sister Stephanie Baliga, 27, will run in her fifth Bank of America Chicago Marathon Oct. 11 with a goal of finishing the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours and 43 minutes. That would qualify her for the Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, but it would also mean beating her personal best marathon time by 10 minutes.

  2. Loyola’s Arrupe College dedicated

    When Arrupe College of Loyola University opened its doors in August, it welcomed 159 students, nearly 60 percent more than the 100 the school had planned to admit. That shows the demand for an affordable path to a four-year degree.

  3. Parishes prepare for St. Maria Goretti relics Pilgrimage of Mercy to make three stops in archdiocese

    When the relics of St. Maria Goretti arrive in Chicago Oct. 12, “it’s going to be huge,” said Father Joshua Caswell, a Canon Regular of St. John Cantius.

  4. Pilsen parishes start talking about future of ministry

    Pastors, representatives from the Jesuits and the Dominicans and lay representatives of the six parishes in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood have begun meeting to determine how the church can best serve the neighborhood in the future.

  5. Archdiocesan parishes to count people in the pews

    Ushers, get your pencils and tally sheets ready. The leaves are changing, new school shoes are scuffed and Halloween decorations have been in the stores for ages. That means it’s October, and time for parishes and other institutions that hold Masses in the Archdiocese of Chicago to count the people in the pews.

  6. The famous popemobile: Pontiffs hit streets in style

    Vatican City — There’s perhaps no other signature vehicle in the world more well-known than the popemobile.

  7. Pope pleads for commutation of death sentences

    Washington (CNS) — Less than a week after Pope Francis told a joint meeting of Congress that he backs U.S. efforts to abolish the death penalty, news came of his U.S. nuncio’s letters to authorities in two states appealing on the pope’s behalf to commute death sentences.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Archdiocese must adapt to changing landscape

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, these are exciting days for the church in America with Pope Francis inspiring Catholics and non-Catholics alike during his visit to the United States. From the very beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has continually called us to missionary discipleship.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Thursday, September 10, 2015

    New School Year in Mount Prospect

    St. Emily School students greet their parents a the end of the first day of school, Aug. 19, in Mount Prospect.

  2. Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Regina STEAM Lab Includes 3D Printer and Robots

    Regina Dominican students were introduced to a new STEAM lab when they returned to school this year.

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  • Dance, discipline and the desire for consecrated life

    She is: Kerry Hubata, co-founder with Miss Phyllis Wills in 1968, of the Evanston School of Ballet, at 1933 Central St., Evanston. Has taught classical ballet for 51 years. She was consecrated a virgin living in the world by Cardinal George in 2003.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Conquering fears

    Teresa, for the most part, loves kindergarten. She loves music and gym and recess. She loves Treasure Box rewards and math and reading.

  • Look to the poor to understand the generosity of the Father

    Oct. 11: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90:12-17; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30 or Mk 10:17-27
    Throughout the 15 years I’ve been visiting a rural community in Haiti with my parish twinning program, I’ve witnessed among the people a fundamental awareness that everything and anything they have is a gift from God.

  • The Basilica Builder —

    A Clips reader with a great memory for all things historical (and hysterical) in the arch watched Pope Francis at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, and recalled a Chicago connection. “The TV news folks probably don’t know a Chicagoan was director of the shrine during its boom construction years (1956- 1967). He was Msgr. Thomas Grady then. Later as Bishop Grady, he was vicar general here, and auxiliary bishop to Cardinal Cody. In 1967 he became bishop of the Diocese of Orlando.”

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    Why Junípero Serra is worthy of sainthood

    The upcoming canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra in Washington, D.C. — the first ever to take place on American soil — has generated, as I'm sure you know, a good deal of controversy. For his defenders, Padre Serra was an intrepid evangelist and a model of Gospel living, while for his detractors, he was a shameless advocate of an oppressive colonial system that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Indians. Even many who typically back Pope Francis see this canonization as a rare faux pas for the Argentine Pontiff. What should we make of all this?

Hundreds of immigrant supporters participated in a pilgrimage and prayer vigil ending at Federal Plaza in Chicago on Sept 19. The event was sponsored by the archdiocesan Office for Immigrant Affairs and marked the 10th anniversary of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform/Justice for Immigrants. "This nation has been enriched by the contributions of immigrants from its earliest days," said Archbishop Cupich. "We must work for comprehensive immigration reform and stand with our brothers and sisters who seek justice and compassion today." This event was among a number of recent actions by the Chicago archdiocese to support immigration reform. Local priests and religious are signing statements of solidarity with Pope Francis that will be forwarded to the Holy Father, as they continue to work for justice for immigrants. Local parishes are also signing petitions urging President Obama to end family detention. Karen Callaway/Catholic New World

Cecilia Garcia from St. Rita of Cascia Parish prays during the closing prayer of the rally. Karen Callaway/Catholic New World