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State holds fate of thousands of seniors in its hands

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Willie Beasley, 90, didn’t want to get on the bus taking her home from Accolade Adult Day Care Services in Oak Park. The nonagenarian, who suffers from dementia, was enjoying herself too much to want to leave, according to her daughter and caregiver, Ann Rainey, who will be 71 in June.

  1. Catholic groups urging governor to sign bill to help the poor

    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and social service providers throughout the state are hoping that Gov. Bruce Rauner signs Senate Bill 2038, a stopgap measure that would provide $700 million to agencies that have been waiting for payment for contracted services to the poor and vulnerable since the budget impasse began on July 1, 2015.

  2. Loyola University names first layperson as president

    Loyola University Chicago marked a milestone in its history May 23 when it announced the first layperson and female to hold the position of president.

  3. Archdiocese making ministries more parish-focused

    When the new Department of Parish Vitality and Mission debuts this summer, parishes should notice a new dedication to helping them fulfill the church’s mission, according to the department’s directors.

  4. Meet the archdiocese’s newest priests

    The Archdiocese of Chicago welcomed five new priests on May 21. They hail from Mexico, Poland, Michigan and the archdiocese itself, and they range in age from 26 to 35. The men, who will take up their new assignments July 1, have walked varied paths toward ordination. Learn about them here, and join the Catholic New World in congratulating them.

  5. Local ‘missionaries of mercy’ are to mirror God’s love

    As part of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis called for missionaries of mercy — priests who would take up a special commissioning to spread God’s mercy around the world. He called them to preach retreats and homilies and hear confessions, all the while being, “living signs of the Father’s readiness to welcome those in search of his pardon.”

  6. How do we as church draw more people to Jesus? Interview with Sherry Weddell, author of “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus”

    Only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic still practice the faith. Fully 10 percent of adults in America are former Catholics. The number of marriages celebrated in the U.S. church decreased by nearly 60 percent between 1972 and 2010. Only 60 percent of Catholics believe in a personal God.

  7. Pilgrims hoping to be transformed by World Youth Day

    Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Chicago who will travel to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day this summer are hoping for a transformational experience.

  8. ‘The meeting is the message,’ pope tells head of al-Azhar

    VATICAN CITY — After five years of tension and toplevel silence, Pope Francis and the grand imam of one of the most important Sunni Muslim universities in the world embraced at the Vatican May 23.

  9. In French interview, pope talks about religious freedom, abuse crisis

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Governments work best when they are secular, not confessional, but they must give ample space for people to express their religious beliefs, including by respecting the right of conscientious objection, Pope Francis told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix.

  10. USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency, cites ‘room for improvement’

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” warns against complacency in dioceses, and the firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was “plenty of room for improvement” in implementing two of the charter’s articles.

  11. Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope and grace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Homily for priesthood ordination

Welcome to all of you. My special greeting goes to the parents, families and friends of the ordinandi — some of you who have travelled long distances. We are blessed to have each one of you here today.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Dressed and Blessed

    I wore my Mom’s wedding dress at my own wedding. Hand-sewn by Mom, the dress featured yards of ivory satin flowing from the waist with delicate smocking of hand-stitched beads. The dress had no décolletage, no corset waist or other frippery of today’s fashion. Its timeless elegance would impart, I hoped, a bit of good fortune that my marriage would be as blessed as Mom and Dad’s.

  2. Monday, May 23, 2016

    Everest’s 17th Golf Outing: Success!

    Lemont, IL: The sun shone brightly on Monday as golfers teed off for Everest Academy. The golf outing took place at Idlewild Country Club, a private club in Flossmoor, IL. This secluded 18-hole, par 72 golf course was the perfect setting for a memorable day. Golfers were greeted with arrival gifts, received professional golfing tips, and enjoyed lunch on the course and a banquet dinner in the clubhouse. Several prize holes and contests added to the fun of the day- “Beat the Priest” contest was a participant favorite with Everest’s very own Fr. John Bender, L.C.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Just add water

    There’s a new lock screen on my phone: Teresa, dripping wet, with a big grin showing off the gap where her bottom front teeth are missing.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    Corpus Christi

    May 29: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
    Gn 14:18-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Lk 9:11-17
    The Latin title Corpus Christi, meaning the “Body of Christ,” has long been the popular name for this liturgical feast. When we approach the altar to receive Holy Communion the priest or minister holds the host toward us and declares: “the Body of Christ,” and we in turn say, “Amen!”

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    Why you should read ‘The Great Divorce’

    In my capacity as regional bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region, which covers two entire counties north of Los Angeles, California, I am obliged to spend a good deal of time in the car. To make the long trips a bit easier, I have gotten back into the habit of listening to audio books.