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Pope's advisers start first draft toward document overhauling Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals has begun creating the first draft of a new apostolic constitution that would implement a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.

Latest News

  1. Archdiocese stands with persecuted Christians in Iraq

    Mary Segman’s sister is one of the tens of thousands of Christians in Iraq forced by Islamic State militants to flee for her life, convert to Islam or die.

  2. Cardinal starts trial for cancer drug

    Cardinal George is participating in a clinical research trial at the University of Chicago for a new cancer drug, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Aug. 22. The drug, currently known as MPDL3280A, is designed to activate cells of the immune system enabling them to attack cancer cells, the archdiocese said in a statement released to media.

  3. New shrines offer places of beauty at cemeteries

    Catholic Cemeteries are more than places for Catholics to inter their loved ones who have died.

  4. A Catholic alternative to the ice bucket challenge

    Call it a tempest in an ice bucket. That’s how Dominican Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, thinks of the minor furor that erupted when her office told school principals to be careful about where any donations went from the trendy “ice bucket challenge.”

  5. Five years of praying for peace in our schools

    Sounds of praise and worship could be heard at Oakwood Beach in the morning hours of Aug. 30 as more than 200 people turned out for a Mass to pray for peace in the City of Chicago during the upcoming academic year.
  6. What’s the meaning of Mass?

    Every week millions of Catholics around the world gather for Mass, to celebrate the sacrificial meal we call the Eucharist. People come to Mass for different reasons. No doubt they carry with them a variety of understandings of what the Mass is all about.
  7. Archbishop Wenski: ‘Marriage equality’ bodes ill

    Judges in Monroe, Miami- Dade, Broward and now Palm Beach counties have ruled that the amendment to the Florida Constitution passed in 2008 defending traditional marriage is “unconstitutional.”


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

A tale of two churches

Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Regina Dominican Students Commissioned as Dominican Preachers

    Colleen Alonzi (Lake Forest), Kathleen Collins (Chicago), Diane Kraemer (Wilmette), Yujin Lee (Wilmette), Delia Ritchie (Chicago), and Mary Kathleen Rock (Lake Forest) were commissioned as Dominican Preachers in a ceremony at Regina Dominican High School’s Back to School Liturgy on Sept. 12.

  2. Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Infant Jesus of Prague 8th Graders celebrate Leadership Mass

    The eighth graders from Infant Jesus of Prague (IJP) School participated in a Vicariate Leadership Mass at Christ our Savior Church in South Holland on Sept. 8. Also in attendance from IJP were Father Mike Nacius, pastor, Father Edmond Aristil, associate pastor, Natalie Formica, principal, Donna Rosenberger and Brittney Scheeringa, eighth grade teachers.

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  • 5 Minutes with Father

    By Dolores Madlener

    Went to Quigley to ‘see the world’ and found vocation

    He is:  Father Tom Walsh, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Church, former pastor of Presentation Parish, both on Chicago’s West Side. He was involved at Holy Trinity High School for 16 years, until July, 2013 -- eight as a teacher and chair of the religion department. Ordained at Mundelein in 1986.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Turning tables

    This, to me, is when we should celebrate the new year: in September, when the leaves start to turn and all the kids are back in school. The notebooks are fresh and unblemished; the pencils are sharpened and unbroken; the slate, quite literally, is clean.

  • Who is my ‘neighbor’?

    Sept. 7, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Ez 33:7-9; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20
    I have several relatives and friends who love a good fight. I don’t mean that they engage in physical violence, but if there’s an opportunity to debate a controversial topic (religion and politics come to mind), they’re in the middle of the fray.

  • ‘Pennies from heaven’ —

    Penny Prayers — True Stories of Change” is a little book that makes a lot of cents. Marion Amberg has an amazing collection of stories here that hinge on the penny prayer: “In God, We Trust.” It’s everywhere , from our kid’s piggy bank to the city pavement. The prayer hit Amberg when her life was at a low point and she spotted a penny on the pavement. She read it and found, “A small, but potent reminder of God’s constant presence.”

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    Why I love my invisible friend

    One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world.