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  1. Illinois bishops speak out on House Bill 4013

    We, the Catholic bishops of Illinois, write in regard to House Bill 4013, legislation which is a radical departure from longstanding Illinois health policy. As it allows taxpayer money to pay for abortions and funds grants to organizations that advocate for and perform abortions, we ask that you join us in opposing it.

  2. ‘To Teach Who Christ Is’ parish campaigns see success Funds raised over goals will be used for parish improvements

    SS. Peter and Paul Parish, 12433 S. Halsted St., embraced the mission of To Teach Who Christ Is, and its efforts helped the current wave of parishes participating in the campaign to surpass their collective goal.

  3. Martin Sheen opens up about faith, activism

    May 1 is an important day for actor and activist Martin Sheen. Sheen, 74, said he returned to his Catholic faith on May 1, 1981, while filming in Paris, and it is also International Workers Day, observed in many countries around the world.

  4. Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber case

    Boston (CNS) —As the trial of Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts released a statement reiterating the church's teaching on the death penalty.

  5. Aid for Women, St. Pascal team up to help moms Long vacant convent will house program that supports women before and after pregnancy

    The long-vacant convent at St. Pascal, 3935 N. Melvina Ave., will soon be teeming with life.

  6. Leading Holy Name Cathedral in song for 17 years

    Chances are, if you have attended Sunday or holy day Masses at Holy Name Cathedral in the last 17 years or so, you’ve heard Stephen Noon or Katherine Gray Noon, or both.

  7. Remembering Cardinal Meyer 50 years after death

    Cardinal Albert Meyer was, according to those who knew him, a man of few words, said Father Steven Avella, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and history professor at Marquette University. Shy, even taciturn, he “blanched” when told that Pope John XXIII had selected him to be the archbishop of Chicago.

  8. ‘A.D.’ reveals faith and drama in the ‘Greatest Story Ever Told’

    While major news outlets underplayed the recent slaughter of 147 Christians, mostly students, in Kenya — targeted solely because they were Christians — NBC Entertainment trumpets the source of these newly minted martyrs’ faith and courage — namely, Jesus — in their new series, “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” produced by Hollywood power couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Shark Tank, Touched by an Angel) and their LightWorkers Media, part of United Artists Media Group (UAMG): An MGM Company.

  9. Catechetical awardees named

    In May, Archbishop Cupich will present the Archdiocesan Catechetical and Youth Ministries Awards to recipients for their outstanding contributions to catechesis and youth ministry in parishes across Cook and Lake counties. This year’s awardees are:

  10. Blessings come from spiritual surrender

    There were three generations together in the same room: a mother, a grandmother and a 2-year-old boy. “I don’t know how you did it mom, I mean you raised six kids, and I’m going out of my mind with just one,” the young mother said.

  11. Rockford bishop visits tornado-ravaged community, prays with residents

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (CNS) -- Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford visited tornado-damaged neighborhoods in Rochelle after praying with residents at an evening Mass at St. Patrick Church April 11.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Catholic-Jewish relations Cultivating the good seed others have sown

Earlier last month I was privileged to present some opening remarks at the 20th anniversary of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lectures at DePaul University. Cardinal Bernardin himself inaugurated this series and gave his “Jerusalem Lecture” in 1995 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The topic was anti-Semitism — a topic of no small interest then and now.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, April 06, 2015

    Pope John Paul II Catholic School Holy Week Activities

    Easter celebrations are in full swing at Pope John Paul II Catholic School in Brighton Park! Teachers’ lessons are encouraging students to embrace the spirit of Easter through several Holy Week activities. Mrs. Leszczewicz’s second grade class has created large murals based on the famous Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper painting. Mr. Cahill’s third grade class will be doing a reenactment of the last supper and Seder dinner. It is an important part of their Catholic education to learn and honor Easter traditions.

  2. Monday, April 06, 2015

    New Agora Week Program Making the World Our Newest Classroom

    About 300 students and faculty from the secondary school at St. Benedict Prep just completed Agora Week (March 23-27,2015), the culmination of a new experiential learning program

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  • Building ‘circles of peace’ to bandage a broken world

    He is: Missionary of the Precious Blood Father David Kelly, director of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, at 51st and Elizabeth streets.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Go fly a kite

    You hear the phrase, “Go fly a kite,” and you think someone is telling you to get lost, stop wasting their time, go waste your own time instead.

  • Jesus the Good Shepherd treasures us and protects us

    April 26, Fourth Sunday of Easter
    Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29; 1 Jn 3:1-2; Jn 10:11- 18
    I’ve heard people voice some common misconceptions about small- business owners: They don’t have to work hard because they have employees to do the work for them; they can take time off whenever they want; they can work fewer hours than their hirelings; they can command a larger salary with impunity.

  • Papal April —

    In early February, when rain poured down on Rome for several days, Pope Francis ordered his papal alms distributor to give out 300 umbrellas to the homeless around St. Peter’s.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    Branagh’s very Christian ‘Cinderella’

    Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is the most surprising Hollywood movie of the year so far. I say this because the director manages to tell the familiar fairy tale without irony, hyper-feminist sub-plots, Marxist insinuations, deconstructionist cynicism or arch condescension. In so doing, he actually allows the spiritual, indeed specifically Christian, character of the tale to emerge.