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Archbishop Cupich announces plan to benchmark all 2,700 archdiocesan buildings for energy efficiency

Archbishop Cupich has set a goal of benchmarking all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago to ensure that they are as energy efficient as possible. He announced this goal during a July 24 press conference at Old St. Mary School, 1474 S. Michigan Ave.

  1. Hill crosses help bring Lithuania home to Lemont

    Romualdas Povilaitis likes to tell a story about the crosses on the hill at the Lithuanian World Center in Lemont.

  2. Local Catholics, Buddhists part of Vatican effort to engage faiths

    Chicago-area Buddhists and Catholics from the Archdiocese of Chicago got a chance to get to know one another and discuss their respective faiths’ approach to social engagement in a June visit to Castel Gandolfo, Italy.

  3. Theology on Tap 2015 at St. Clement

    Archbishop Cupich spoke at a Theology on Tap event at St. Clement Parish on July 14, 2015.

  4. Mega Concierto Mariano

    A special concert was held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines on July 11. Catholic Hispanic artists Tony Melendez, Martin Valverde, Son by 4 and La Señal performed during the event.

  5. Ss. Cyril and Methodius alum rescued man from fire

    When the phone rang around 2:00 a.m. on Mother’s Day, Beatrice Cepele only captured a few words as her husband spoke to the couple’s 19-year-old son, Ray.

  6. Archdiocese’s response to Moody’s investor service rating

    Today, July 16, the Moody’s Investor Service affirmed its A1 credit rating for the Catholic Bishop of Chicago on the archdiocese’s privately placed Series 2012 and Series 2013 Unsecured Notes. The rating agency’s outlook for the archdiocese remained negative.

  7. Symposium looks at scientific evidence of how destructive pornography is

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Catholic Church's strong stance against pornography is based on church teaching that the human body should be respected and every person has a God-given dignity.

  8. Study: Latino families a rising presence in U.S. Catholic Church

    Washington — More than half of young Catholic families participating in a recent survey identified themselves as Latino or Hispanic, a finding the president of Holy Cross Family Ministries said will require new ways of ministering in the U.S. Catholic Church.

  9. 'We must recommit ourselves to end' death penalty, say USCCB chairmen

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Catholic faith tradition "offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake," two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic Church's push to end the death penalty.

  10. Court rules against Little Sisters plea to avoid way to bypass mandate

    DENVER (CNS) -- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14.

  11. Priests invited to discern call to serve nation’s military

    Washington — This fall the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services plans to hold its first discernment gathering for Catholic priests to encourage them to consider becoming military chaplains.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

The gift of rest

Summer months traditionally offer us a slower pace, time off, vacation from work and regular routine, and hopefully some rest and relaxation to rejuvenate our bodies and spirits. Life can become so full and frenetic with activity, fragmenting us as we try to give attention to all the demands placed on us or that we place on ourselves.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, July 20, 2015

    From JFK to Pope Francis: How a call to serve on the margins in the 1960s endures today

    In his 1961 inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy sparked the imagination of a generation with his famous call to action: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Throughout the next decade more than 2,000 young people joined the ranks of the Extension Lay Volunteer (ELV) program created the year prior by Chicago-based Catholic Extension, a national fundraising organization whose mission is to make visible the power of faith in America’s most mar

  2. Monday, July 13, 2015

    Mother McAuley Students Paint Mural at Local Restaurant

    Mother McAuley student Tess Bowens '16 participated in a mural contest held by Jenny's Steakhouse and Pub (11041 Menard Ave., Chicago Ridge). She won the $1,000 prize and now has the opportunity to paint her sketch on their outside wall. Rachel Todd '16 entered the contest, as well, and was awarded $500 to add part of her entry to the winning design.

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  • Living the Gospel — with windows open or closed

    She is: Betsy Dugas, vowed member of the international Focolare Movement (“The Work of Mary” in the church). Lives here in the Focolare Center in Hyde Park with five other women focolarinas. (There’s a men’s center in Berwyn.) She works downtown as a systems analyst in a finance firm.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    A change of plans

    Maybe it comes from my heritage. I did, after all, have a grandfather who believed in planning so much that he not only plotted the garden to the square inch every year, he also made a diagram of where to hang the Christmas decorations. In the bathroom.

  • I am the bread of life, come to me and be fed

    Aug. 2: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23- 25, 54; Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24- 35
    The Israelites grumbled as they fled Egypt. They wished they were back in captivity, sitting by their stewpots, eating the bread of that land. God had mercy on them and provided quail for meat and manna from the surface of the desert for bread.

  • Coming home —

    When I saw the title, “The Prodigal You Love — Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church,” I was hoping and expecting a handy blueprint of polemics, or maybe Top 10 Arguments When Facing Lapsed Catholics.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    A prophetic pope and Catholic social teaching

    In the wake of the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical letter “Laudato Si’” and of the pope’s recent speeches in Latin America, many supporters of the capitalist economy in the West might be forgiven for thinking that his holiness has something against them. Again and again, Pope Francis excoriates an economy based on materialism and greed, and with prophetic urgency, he speaks out against a new colonialism that exploits the labor of those in poorer countries.

  • Father Barron named an auxiliary bishop for Los Angeles

    Father Robert Barron is moving to Los Angeles. On July 21, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced that Pope Francis appointed Barron, 55, as one of three new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

  • Iconic background for Pope Francis: West Front of U.S. Capitol

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Pope Francis comes to the U.S. Capitol Sept. 24, he could hardly ask for a better backdrop.