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Archbishop Cupich is invested with the pallium Aug. 23

When Archbishop Cupich received the pallium – a special vestment made of lamb’s wool – on his shoulders Aug. 23, he did so in a demonstration of unity that he said extended from the people in the pews to the bishops who joined him in the sanctuary to Pope Francis. He was invested with the pallium by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, after receiving it from Pope Francis in the Vatican on June 29.

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  1. Archbishop Cupich reflects on pope, pallium, synod

    In advance of the conferral of the pallium on Aug. 23, Archbishop Cupich sat down with editor Joyce Duriga to talk about his first meeting with Pope Francis, the upcoming synod of bishops and violence in our community.

  2. Explaining the pallium, its significance

    When an archbishop is appointed to a new archdiocese, he requests a pallium from the Holy See. The pallium is a scarf, or stole-like vestment that is worn over the chasuble when the archbishop celebrates Mass. It is about two inches wide, and it rests on the shoulders, with pendants or lappets that hang about 12 inches in the front and the back.

  3. Archbishop Cupich picked up pallium in Rome June 29

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Archbishops who attended Mass with Pope Francis as he blessed their woolen palliums said they were struck by a sense of unity.

  4. Papal biographer talks to CNW about understanding Pope Francis Author will speak in Chicago Aug. 24 and 25

    When Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, few in the English-speaking world knew who he was. Writers and editors scrambled to put together biographies of the first pope from Latin America but one title that stands out is “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope,” by English journalist Austen Ivereigh. His book helps readers get past the news media’s idea of who Francis is to the true shepherd, what has formed him and what he is trying to do in his pontificate.

  5. Lord Stanley's Cup makes visit to Marist High School

    Lord Stanley’s Cup entered the gym at Marist High School on Aug. 13 to the strains of “Chelsea Dagger,” the Chicago Blackhawks’ infectious goal song, and the cheers of people who had been waiting in line for hours to see and get their pictures taken with the silver trophy.

  6. How do you make it to mark 50 years of marriage?

    There’s a lot of living in 50 years. There’s laughter and anger and births and deaths and everything in between. For couples who come to celebrate 50 years of marriage at Holy Name Cathedral on Aug. 30, there had also been a whole lot of love.

  7. Archbishop Cupich celebrates with fellow Croatians at annual Velika Gospa Fest

    Archbishop Cupich was the main celebrant at a Mass during the Velika Gospa Croatian Fest at St. Jerome Croatian Church, 2823 S. Princeton Ave., on Aug. 15. Prior to Mass a procession made its way through the neighborhood and included bands, parish members wearing traditional Croatian clothes and a large the image of Mary.

  8. Around the Archdiocese - August 2015

  9. Catholics flock to annual St. Rocco festival

    On Aug. 16, participants processed through the Bridgeport neighborhood carrying a statue of St. Rocco. They were part of the 95th anniversary St. Therese Parish's celebration of the feast of St. Rocco di Simbario.

  10. Meeting: The family’s significant role in the church

    Catholic families from around the world will gather in Philadelphia Sept. 22- 25, 2015, for the World Meeting of Families, a gathering sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family. The focus of this meeting will be the significant role that families have in society.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Op-ed in Chicago Tribune

The release of videos of Planned Parenthood physicians discussing the market for tissue harvested in abortions has produced varied and strong reactions, and has, ironically, given us a reason for hope and an opportunity as a nation.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, July 20, 2015

    From JFK to Pope Francis: How a call to serve on the margins in the 1960s endures today

    In his 1961 inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy sparked the imagination of a generation with his famous call to action: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Throughout the next decade more than 2,000 young people joined the ranks of the Extension Lay Volunteer (ELV) program created the year prior by Chicago-based Catholic Extension, a national fundraising organization whose mission is to make visible the power of faith in America’s most mar

  2. Monday, July 13, 2015

    Mother McAuley Students Paint Mural at Local Restaurant

    Mother McAuley student Tess Bowens '16 participated in a mural contest held by Jenny's Steakhouse and Pub (11041 Menard Ave., Chicago Ridge). She won the $1,000 prize and now has the opportunity to paint her sketch on their outside wall. Rachel Todd '16 entered the contest, as well, and was awarded $500 to add part of her entry to the winning design.

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  • Idea: If you don't want life to be a bore be a brother

    He is: Franciscan Brother Pascal Kolodziej (pronounced Ko-LO-djay ). Professed solemn vows in 1979.  Has ministered primarily as a nurse, but also worked in parishes, done shrine ministry, teaching, and counseling. Today as a member of Our Lady of the Angels Province, he is assistant director for postulants in Chicago and guardian [superior] of their residence at St. Bonaventure Friary on North Kenmore Ave.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Please and thank you

    As parents, it seems like we spend a lot of time and effort on please and thank you. From the time our babies grow into toddlers and start learning to speak, we encourage and cajole and demand that they use these words, the most basic forms of politeness.

  • Beware of practices that distract from truth of God’s love and will

    Aug. 30: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15:2-5; Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
    The singsong voice still echoes in my head all these decades later: “We missed you at church Sunday night.” Simultaneously, I still hear my mental translation: “Shame on you for not going to church on Sunday night.”

  • ‘Sundae’ school —

    When visitors to Misericordia’s Greenhouse Inn Restaurant (N. Ridge) top off their delicious lunch with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, they may not know they’re taking a bite out of history. We can thank Catholic explorer Marco Polo for bringing a form of sherbet to Europe from China.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop-elect Robert Barron

    Why we need spiritual food

    Every third summer, the Catholic lectionary provides a series of readings for Sunday Mass from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. This is the magnificently crafted chapter in which the evangelist’s eucharistic theology is most fully presented.

  • Vatican U.N. representative reports high interest in papal visit

    Vatican City (CNS) — Requests for copies of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical and the demand for tickets to see him at the United Nations indicate enthusiasm and expectations for Pope Francis’ visit are running high, said the Vatican representative.

  • Rosary rally aims to evangelize high school athletes, instill virtue

    Cincinnati (CNS) — Together, 350-plus boys clad in different-colored football jerseys resembled a mosaic as they sat or knelt on the grass at Cincinnati’s Mount St. Mary’s Seminary with rosaries in hand.

  • Post-Chapter 11, ‘our focus is on mission,’ Milwaukee archbishop says

    Milwaukee — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is “turning a page on a chapter in our history — a terrible part of the history,” Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki said Aug. 3.

  • Vatican accepting applications for ‘missionaries of mercy’

    Vatican City — Pope Francis is looking for a few good “missionaries of mercy,” priests who are known for their preaching and their dedication to hearing confessions and granting absolution.