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Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Archbishop: Study shows ‘urgent need’ for dialogue with other faiths

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The findings of a recent Georgetown University study on how Catholics regard Muslims show an “urgent need” to “cultivate positive dialogue” not just among Catholics and Muslims, but with other faith traditions as well, according to Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago.

  1. Father who survived 9/11 attacks shares story at Nazareth

    Most high school seniors were about 2 years old when the 9/11 attacks occurred. They and their younger peers have grown up aware of what happened, but not with the events of the day and the emotional toll it took seared into their memories.

  2. Catholic schools show children their God-given light

    School is back in session in the 217 Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago. This fall, we are welcoming over 77,000 students back into our classrooms, more than any diocese in the United States. Our schools are filled with a genuine sense of energy, freshness and hope for a great school year ahead.

  3. Mega event set to inspire youth with music and faith

    Middle-school students can experience the same style of evangelization and worship and praise that their high school peers get at the National Catholic Youth Conference at a one-day event in Chicago.

  4. Pope Francis Global Academy ‘off to a great start’

    When Pope Francis Global Academy opened its doors in August, it had a “healthy enrollment” of more than 500 students spread between its two campuses and an enthusiastic core of staff and families, said the principal, Terrence O’Rourke.

  5. Foundation supports values-based leaders

    Arthur J. Schmitt might not be a household name, but his legacy has had a lasting effect on generations of student leaders at Catholic high schools and institutions of higher learning in the Chicago area.

  6. Youth group unveils latest mural

    The view for those driving south on California Avenue near 24th Street in Little Village just got a little nicer with the installation of mural done by area youth.

  7. Study raises questions about Catholics’ views of Muslims

    A report released Sept. 12 gave some Catholic leaders in the field of interfaith dialogue reason to redouble their efforts when it comes to building connections between the Catholic and Muslim communities.

  8. Local Catholics celebrate Mother Teresa’s canonization

    Hours after Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Kolkata in Rome, more than 1,300 people filled St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter St., Sept. 4 to celebrate the church’s newest saint. At the end of Mass they venerated two relics of Mother Teresa. It was the first of two celebrations honoring the saint.

  9. St. Nicholas has grown enrollment 12 years running

    For the past 12 years, St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 3741 W. 62nd St., has continuously increased its enrollment. In 2004, they had 240 students and now have 375. How did they do it? They got to know their community.

  10. Pope Francis praises Argentine bishops’ guidelines on helping divorced, remarried couples

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis thanked a group of bishops in Argentina for providing their priests with concrete guidelines for implementing the section of his apostolic exhortation on the family about circumstances in which divorced and civilly remarried couples might eventually be allowed to receive Communion.

  11. Papal commission steps up work to educate church about abuse

    VATICAN CITY — Members of the pope’s commission for child protection, including an abuse survivor, have been speaking with new bishops and major Vatican offices as part of a mandate to develop and educate the church about best practices.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

The problems of priest politicians, the urgency of lay leadership

In the previous issue of the Catholic New World, I wrote on the need for each of us to take responsibility for making decisions in good conscience. In last week’s edition of the Catholic Standard, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., has published a very fine article that addresses the issue of participating in the political process, as it applies both to the responsibility of each citizen and the role of church leadership. I am pleased to republish Cardinal Wuerl’s article in this space, and am grateful for his permission to do so. — Archbishop Blase J. Cupich


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Filling the Hole in the Middle of Our Lives

    Candace Vogler, PhD, works in that rarest of air as a philosophy professor at the University of Chicago, but lives in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods where guns, gangs and “underground economic activity” prevail.

  2. Monday, September 26, 2016

    Prayer buddies

    Photo with caption: Junior High students at St. Emily School, Mt. Prospect, guide the Prekindergarten students into church where they will sit together during the weekly all-school Mass.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    What did I forget?

    The first time I left the house for the evening without Caroline when she was a baby, it was to go to a wedding shower/bowling party.

    Caroline must have been about two months old; I know I had not returned to work from my 12-week maternity leave.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    Doing what we were meant to do

    Oct. 2: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4; 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10

    “Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and clamorous discord…” Where and when was this lament written? In Chicago, where we have reached a record-breaking 500 homicides this year? In Syria, where a once-beautiful and historic country is being bombed into oblivion? In Europe or Africa where scores are murdered in wanton acts of terror?

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    Irenaeus and the God who doesn’t need us

    A few years ago, I participated in the annual meeting of the Academy of Catholic Theology, a group of about 50 theologians dedicated to thinking according to the mind of the church. Our general topic was the Trinity, and I had been invited to give one of the papers. I chose to focus on the work of St. Irenaeus, one of the earliest and most important of the fathers of the church.

  • A Vigil for Peace was held at Holy Name Cathedral on Sept. 8. The Taize service was in response to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to pray for peace in the country and the world on Sept. 9. Taize is a style of musical prayer in which a simple phrase is sung repeatedly to lead participants into prayer. Photo Gallery

  • First responders process in during a special outdoor Mass in their honor at St. Cletus Parish in La Grange on Sept. 11. It was the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The congregation gave thanks and prayed for all active and retired police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

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