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‘Our children deserve to have a safe summer’

George Anderson, age 17. Christian Bandemear, age 16. Tyshawn Lee, age 9. Amari Brown, age 7. These are just four of the more than 100 names of children and young people under 20 who have died as a result of gun violence in Chicago since June 2015. Their names were read on the steps of St. Sabina Church, 1210 W. 78th Place, on June 17 during the parish’s end-of-the-school-year rally and peace march.

  1. Pope Francis and ‘The Joy of Love’

    Following the publication of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” some critics warned that the document was insufficiently firm on the doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage, and therefore called it into question. Such criticism struck Rocco Buttiglione — a noted philosopher, and one of Pope John Paul II’s closest advisers — as misguided. The following interview with Buttiglione was conducted by Andrea Tornielli, and published May 30 by Vatican Insider, a website run by the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

  2. Local community responds to Orlando shooting

    When members of the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach gathered the evening of June 19 for their  regular weekly Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 708 W. Belmont Ave., they had in as their focus the victims of the mass shooting June 12 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

  3. Keeping peace at the community's forefront

    The Archdiocese of Chicago created "Praying for a Peaceful Summer" banners for every
    Catholic elementary and secondary school in Cook and Lake County. Archbishop Cupich
    has asked the schools to display the 4-by-8-foot banners outside their buildings throughout the
    summer to encourage all to pray for peace.

  4. Help us with our Catholic 'bucket list'

    We are compiling a “bucket list” of things to do in the Archdiocese of Chicago and would like to know about shrines, churches, local pilgrimages, annual novenas, Catholic places or events you’ve visited in Cook or Lake counties that have really touched you.

  5. St. Florian, Notre Dame for Girls schools closing July 1

    Two Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago learned June 16 that they will not reopen this fall.

  6. Why does God allow violence to exist in the world? Interview with Melanie Barrett, Chair of the Department of Moral Theology at the University of St. Mary of Lake/Mundelein Seminary

    The mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12 shocked and grieved many Americans. Coupled with the high number of shootings in the city of Chicago this year, Catholics are asking, why does God allow such violence to occur? What does it mean?

  7. Book is an ‘excellent primer’ for understanding Chicago’s woes

    I first came to Chicago in 1969. It was the year after the riots that erupted following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the year after the brawls between police and demonstrators at the Democratic National Convention. It was the year of the Chicago Seven trial and the infamous Chicago police raid on Black Panther Party headquarters that took the lives of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.

  8. Annual priests assignments released

    Archbishop Cupich approved the following appointments, which are effective July 1, unless noted otherwise:

  9. Too many couples do not understand marriage is for life, pope says 'We are living in a culture of the provisional,' Francis said.

    ROME — Because most people today do not understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said.

  10. Death penalty fosters revenge, not justice, Pope Francis says

    VATICAN CITY — Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said.

  11. Vatican marks Laudato Si’ anniversary with new website

    ROME — Marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace launched a new website dedicated to the document and efforts around the world to put its teaching into practice.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Creating communities of communities

Last September I urged you to see this task of renewing the church of Chicago, not in terms of a purely organizational response to financial and demographic data or a political calculation of what the people will accept. Rather, we have to approach this as a communal discernment process. It is part of our spiritual journey together, asking where is the Spirit moving us to take up in a fresh way through our parishes the mission of Christ to evangelize, make disciples and transform Chicagoland and the world in Christ’s love?


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Virginia Mercado Awarded the Sister Claudia Hinds Scholarship

    On June 16, Aquinas Literacy Center (ALC) at 3540 S Hermitage Ave. held its annual Student Awards Celebration. Nine adult learners were celebrated for their graduation from Aquinas’ English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

  2. Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    In the Spirit of Francis

    The St. Luke School Class of 2016 is heading off to 11 high schools around the Chicago area. But one thing they will all carry with them is the philosophy of relating to others that was inspired by St. Francis and Pope Francis.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Close the door

    It’s one of those phrases that when I was a kid I never thought I’d say: In or out. Make up your mind. Close the door. Now it seems like something that I say to Teresa almost every day.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    No turning back

    June 26: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    1 Kgs 19:16B, 19-21; Gal 5:1, 18-18; Lk 9:51-62

    A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to give some lectures at the University of Dublin in Ireland. While I was there my sister and nephew joined me and we spent a few days visiting our Irish relatives in Roscommon and Leitrim.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    Four lessons on divine mercy

    I had the enormous privilege at the end of May of addressing English-speaking priests from around the world who had gathered in Rome for a special celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy. I met fathers from the States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, Ghana, Cameroon, Ireland, Nigeria and many other countries.

  • The second annual summer tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe was held June 10 to June 12, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines. The mid-year tribute included a concert on Saturday featuring the "Siervas," a group of Latin-American religious order sisters from Peru, who sing pop/rock and Latin infused Catholic music. Photo Gallery

  • Archbishop Cupich was the main celebrant at a centennial Mass at St. Dorothy Parish, 450 East 78th St., on June 19. Photo Gallery

  • Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana took place on June 11 at the UIC Forum. Photo Gallery