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Walking pilgrimage honoring Mary should be on spiritual bucket list

On the morning of Aug. 9, more than 7,000 Catholics from the Chicago area and Indiana turned up at St. Michael Church, 8235 South Shore Drive, with backpacks, comfortable shoes and ready spirits for the annual Polish pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Merrillville, Ind.

Latest News

  1. Update on Cardinal George's health

    On Aug. 22 the Archdiocese of Chicago released an update on Cardinal George's cancer treatments. He asks that everyone continue to keep him in their prayers.

  2. Leaders of different faiths pray for peace in city, world

    Religious leaders from a variety of traditions gathered Aug. 18 on Chicago’s Daley Plaza to pray for peace in a summer that has seen violence and bloodshed bloom from the streets of Chicago to eastern Ukraine to Gaza and other parts of the Middle East.

  3. More Jubilarians

    The Catholic New World received the following information from jubilarians too late to include them in the July 13-26 edition, which featured men and women religious celebrating special anniversaries. We congratulate them and thank them for their service.
  4. USML launches lay ecclesial ministry graduate program Degree offers options for those living in Lake County

    Laypeople who are called to lay ecclesial ministry have a new option to prepare for their vocations: a graduate degree program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.
  5. 800,000 watch as pope moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood

    Seoul, South Korea (CNS) — Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance.
  6. Cardinal, patriarch call for international action to liberate Iraq

    Vatican City — Pope Francis’ personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community Aug. 18, pleading for help to liberate villages controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection.

  7. Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, U.S. visit

    Aboard the papal flight from Seoul, South Korea (CNS) — Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country.

  8. Special collection urged to help those suffering in Middle East

    Washington (CNS) — The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference Aug. 19 asked Catholic bishops across the country to take up a special collection for humanitarian needs and pastoral support for Christians and other victims of violence in the Middle East.

  9. Actor Robin Williams’ death reignites questions about suicide

    Chicago — After 35 years of providing counseling and a Catholic outreach to families with a loved one who died by suicide, Father Charles Rubey has consulted on more than his share of the resulting funerals or wakes.
  10. At Mass, archbishop outlines steps to 'dismantle systemic racism'

    ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- With the strife and violence continuing in the aftermath of Michael Brown's shooting death by a police officer in Ferguson, more than 500 St. Louis Catholics gathered for a votive Mass for peace and justice Aug. 20 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

  11. Prayer Service with Catholic Communities of the African Diaspora

    A special prayer service with the Office for Black Catholics, the Black Catholic Deacons and the Catholic Communities of the African Diaspora was held on Aug. 8 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western Avenue. The service honored Cardinal George and his contributions to the black community.
  12. Blessed Sacrament Parish Carnival

    A carnival was held at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3528 S Hermitage Ave. on Aug. 17. Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Maurice and Our Lady of Good Counsel churches make up the parish.

The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

A fair wage for fur trappers

In 1996, when I was archbishop of Portland in Oregon, I read about the life and work of my first predecessor as archbishop there, Francis Norbert Blanchet. He was a French Canadian who came as a priest to the Pacific Northwest in 1836 and was named archbishop of the Oregon Territory in 1845.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    St. John Brebeuf School Teachers Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Staff and teachers at St. John Brebeuf in Niles had a cold start for the new school year. On Aug. 19, along with the new Principal Elise Matson, teachers took the now-famous "ALS ice bucket challenge" in front of the Niles school. According to Matson, they did this in honor of friends, family and community members who have lost loved one to ALS. The teachers were led by Sandie Beierwaites who was challenged by a SJB graduate.

  2. Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    New School Year Presents New Opportunities for Regina Dominican Students

    Regina Dominican students on their first day of classes arrived to new developments. It was not just their backpacks, notebooks, and pens that were new this year; physical improvements could be seen throughout the campus.

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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

    Home to roost

    It’s two years away, but I already know that when Caroline leaves for college, it will be hard for me.

  • ‘Who do you say that I am?’

    Aug. 24: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Is 22:19-23; Ps 138:1-3, 6, 8; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20
    We are asked many questions in life. When we are young we hear things like: How old are you? What do you want to be when you grow up?

  • Here’s to the women who teach —

    Crossings and Dwellings,” a current exhibit at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), examines the pioneering role of Jesuits, the Religious of the Sacred Heart, and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Midwest. The exhibit, co-curated by Father Stephen Schloesser, SJ, and Chicago historian Ellen Skerrett, will remind you of what the sisters’ students accomplished in fields from education to medicine. But alums who made it as actors and performers fascinate some of us in a personal way.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    The modern meta narrative

    On the first day of my vacation last week, I perused N.T. Wright’s latest book, a collection of essays on contemporary issues in light of the Bible. A point that Wright makes in a number of the articles is that modernity and Christianity propose fundamentally different meta-narratives in regard to the meaning and trajectory of history.

  1. Respect Life Commissioning Mass

    Cardinal George commissioned Respect Life coordinators during an Aug. 16 Mass at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles. The Mass marked the launch of the archdiocese's Respect Life activities for 2014-2015. To become involved in pro-life efforts contact the Respect Life Office at (312) 534-5355 or visit

  2. Velika Gospa

    The annual Velika Gospa (holiday of the Great Lady Mary) is celebrated by Croatian Catholics on the Feast of the Assumption. St. Jerome Croatian Parish, 2923 S. Princeton Ave., hosts the annual festival, which began in 1913.