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Gathering with Cardinal Cupich in thanksgiving

One the evening of the first significant snowfall of the season, around 900 people filled Holy Name Cathedral to participate in a thanksgiving Liturgy of the Word marking Cardinal Cupich’s elevation to the College of Cardinals.

Video: Prayer Service | Cardinal Cupich’s Homily

  1. Everyone has a calling, Cardinal Cupich says at city prayer breakfast

    Everyone has a calling, and that they can call on God’s grace to help them accomplish more than they ever thought possible, Cardinal Cupich reminded attendees at the Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Dec. 2.

  2. Cardinal Cupich holds vespers at titular church

    ROME -- The day after Pope Francis inducted him into the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Cupich took possession of his titular church in Rome, the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island.
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  3. Students wear red, offer prayers for new cardinal

    For the students at St. Zachary School in Des Plaines, the consistory where Archbishop Cupich became Cardinal Cupich was much more than simply an occasion to wear red clothes to school instead of their regular uniforms.

  4. Local Catholic leaders see appointment significance

    Catholic academics and leaders in the Archdiocese of Chicago expressed congratulations to Cardinal Cupich for being selected by Pope Francis to the Sacred College of Cardinals.

  5. Pope Francis recasts the role of cardinals in the church

    VATICAN CITY — Three and a half years into Francis’ papacy, and it’s clear that one of his major reforms has been his upending of how cardinals are chosen, along with a dramatic re-focusing of what their role is all about.

  6. Collection helps religious who lived lives of service

    The 57 members of the Sisters of the Living Word have a median age of 79, and 38 of them are retired.

  7. Christian bookstore becomes a ministry of love

    For Phil Bujnowski, running the Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore at 1143 W. Sheridan Road is a ministry.

  8. Day of the Dead procession promotes end to violence

    More than 100 people processed through the streets of Little Village on the chilly afternoon of Nov. 19, the last full day of the Jubilee of Mercy, to pray for an end to violence and express hope for more peaceful days to come.

  9. Pope extends Jubilee of Mercy provisions

    VATICAN CITY — Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Jubilee of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said.

  10. Pastors and peacemakers: Meet the new cardinals

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Here are biographical sketches of the 16 churchmen Pope Francis inducted into the College of Cardinals Nov. 19, along with Cardinal Cupich. The cardinals are listed in the order in which Pope Francis announced their names Oct. 9.

  11. Off the beaten path: Pope looks far afield for new cardinals

    VATICAN CITY — Choosing new members of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis once again looked to countries and particularly to dioceses that were not and never had been represented in the body that advises the pope and bears responsibility for electing his successor.

  12. Diversity theme dominates USCCB meeting with encuentro news, VP choice

    BALTIMORE (CNS) — A groundbreaking new study commissioned by the bishops that finds diversity abounds in the U.S. Catholic Church is a clarion call to Catholic institutions and ministries to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia- Siller of San Antonio.

  13. USCCB offers guidelines for proper handling of ashes following cremation

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — In 1963, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an instruction permitting cremation as long as it was not done as a sign of denial of the basic Christian belief in the resurrection of the dead.

  14. USCCB president-elect stresses need for dialogue

    BALTIMORE (CNS) — The newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he is not planning on creating a new vision but hopes to continue the bishops’ priorities particularly focusing on dialogue and listening to Catholics.


Cardinal Cupich’s Column

By Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Universal health care for the good of humanity

The Catholic Church’s commitment to health care for all is longstanding. This is because we consider health care a basic human right. One of our core moral beliefs is that people should have access to affordable health care in order to live a full life. We take our inspiration from the ministry of Jesus, who made healing the sick central to his proclamation of God’s good news. Healing for Jesus and for us is a matter of restoring the human dignity of those who are ailing as well as their potential as creatures made in the image of God.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Friday, November 25, 2016

    New STEM lab opens at St. Patrick School, Wadsworth,

    While research shows and the educators of St. Patrick School in Wadsworth agree that the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) should be taught in correlation with all core subjects, there is also great evidence that indicates that truly intentional instruction in all four of these areas brings a high level of student engagement and an even higher level of comprehension. This is the reason and mission of our newly instituted STEM lab. at St. Patrick School.

  2. Thursday, November 17, 2016

    St. Clement Recognized with Cash Grant for Accessibility Effort

    Inclusion In Worship is pleased to recognize St. Clement Catholic Church with a $1,000 Open Hearts Award grant for their efforts to include worshipers of all abilities. The congregation submitted a video and an essay describing their renovation project that includes the installation of an elevator. “We want to provide a welcoming, accessible entrance to our campus,” said Kim Carter, director of operations at St. Clement. The church found it difficult to live out their mission of “All Are Welcome" with their small, limited use, limited access (LULA) elevator. When a parishioner using a wheelchair after surgery was denied access to the church because the existing elevator was too small, it was decided that something had to change. The $1,000 Open Hearts Award grant will be put toward the capital campaign to fund a renovation that includes a new full-size elevator providing access to the church, chapel, rectory and parish center. “We are truly appreciative of the support of and the Open Hearts Award grant,” said Father Ken Simpson, pastor.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Congrats, Cubs

    Thank God that’s over. No, not the election, because as I write this, it’s not quite over yet. I meant the baseball season. More specifically, the Cubs season. Especially the Cubs victory in the World Series, complete with the deus ex machina of a 17-minute Game 7 rain delay, just when the Indians had the momentum. It really was their year.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior
  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    Three lessons for young Catholics

    Recently, I had the privilege of speaking to around 9,000 middle- and high-school students from the Catholic schools of the Los Angeles archdiocese. They were gathered in the cavernous Galen Center at the University of Southern California, and the atmosphere in the room was electric.

  • Cardinal George’s Column

    By Francis Cardinal George, OMI
  • Cemetery workers lower caskets during a committal service for people whose bodies were unidentified or unclaimed from the Cook County medical examiner's office. The cremated remains of 67 unclaimed bodied, the bodies of three unidentified people and the remains of 48 unborn children were buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 W. 111th St., on Nov. 10. Students from St. Laurence High School in Burbank acted as pallbearers during the service. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

    Msgr. Patrick Pollard, director of Catholic Cemeteries, presides during a committal service for unclaimed and unidentified remains from the Cook County medical examiner's office at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 W. 111th St., Nov. 10. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

    Susan Walker, who started the "Rest in His Arms" ministry to bury abandoned children, places a teddy bear on a casket containing the remains of unborn children at a Nov. 10 committal service at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 W. 111th St. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

  • Mariam Jabreel (blue scarf) , Erin Freund and Kate Kuhn visit at a Nov. 12 Catholic Charities lunch at St. gregory teh Great Parish for nearly 120 refugee clients from Burma, Iraq, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, and Afghanistan. Charities' refugee resettlement program has been helping refugees from around the world for more than 40 years. The program assists refugees in adapting to their new environment for up to two years by offering a variety of services, including securing housing, scheduling necessary health screenings, enrolling children in school, and assisting in job placement. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

    Brandon Johnson serves up a plate at a Thanksgiving meal hosted by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago for nearly 120 refugee clients from Burma, Iraq, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, and Afghanistan. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)