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Walking children through their first reconciliation

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned …” Lent is the season for confession, and in many parishes, that holds true for first confessions as well, with first confession scheduled before Easter and first Communion scheduled later in the Easter season.

(Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

Photo GalleryArchbishop Cupich out among the people

Archbishop Cupich has been making his way around the Archdiocese of Chicago visiting the people. Here are photos of recent visits. We will update these photos regularly.

Latest News

  1. Archbishop Cupich advocates for immigration reform Moral, economic and political benefits of immigration reform discussed at roundtable

    Archbishop Cupich continued to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform at an Illinois Business Immigration Coalition roundtable March 9, saying that the existing system, with parents being deported away from children, leads to social instability and political apathy among young people while unfairly exploiting undocumented workers who contribute to the U.S. economically and socially.

  2. Dominican students make odyssey of civil rights sites

    For most college undergraduates, the civil rights movement is the stuff of history, often crammed into one of the last chapters of their high school U.S. history textbooks.

  3. Celebrate young adults with Archbishop Cupich

    Archbishop Cupich will join young adults of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Palm Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m., in the Holy Name Cathedral Court Yard, State and Superior Streets, to celebrate the World Youth Day 2016 Kick-Off. Palm Sunday Mass will be celebrated in the church by Father Bradley Zamora, associate pastor and director of liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral, beginning at 5:15 p.m.

  4. Second anniversary of the enshrinement of St. Pedro Calungsod at Old St Mary's Church

    Bishop Francis Kane was the main celebrant during a Mass of thanksgiving for Cardinal George and to celebrate the second anniversary of the enshrinement of St. Pedro Calungsod at Old St Mary's Church on March 14.

  5. Court orders review of Notre Dame’s case on contraceptive mandate

    Washington — The Supreme Court March 9 ordered the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its previous ruling and review — in light of the June Hobby Lobby decision — whether the University of Notre Dame must pay for coverage of contraceptives in employee and student health insurance plans.

  6. Archbishop Romero and the Spirit of Palm Sunday

    Palm Sunday 1980 still is remembered as the day of the assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero’s funeral, celebrated on the steps of Holy Savior Cathedral in El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador.

  7. Attack in Pakistan part of wave of anti-Christian violence, pope says

    Vatican City (CNS) — Condemning deadly terrorist attacks against a Catholic and an Anglican church in Pakistan, Pope Francis said “the world is trying to hide” a wave of anti- Christian persecution in various parts of the globe.

  8. Movie Reviews ‘Cinderella’ is a vibrant retelling of tale

    Reviews of "Cinderella" and "Run All Night"

  9. Cardinal Egan, Oak Park native and Chicago priest, dies

    New York (CNS) — Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who retired as archbishop of New York in 2009, died March 5. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. He was 82.

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Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Remarks for Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Roundtable

Comprehensive immigration reform is not just about rights of individuals but the good of families, and because it is about the good of families, it is about the good of neighborhoods and cities. What we have seen over the last several years is families being split apart by deportations, thus weakening our nation’s social fabric as it weakens immigrant communities.

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The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, March 23, 2015

    Blessed Sacrament Parish Youth Program attends Retreat

    The Blessed Sacrament Parish Teen Program, located at 3530 S. Hermitage in McKinley Park took some of its teens on a spiritually rewarding Reach-Out Retreat.

  2. Monday, March 23, 2015

    Augustinians Announce New Online Vocations Efforts

    The Augustinians are pleased to announce a new initiative to engage men discerning vocations. They do so by hiring Patrick T. Murphy to renovate the Augustinians’ vocations website, social networks, and other digital media.

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Columns

  • She digs the past but lives in the church of today

    She is: Benedictine Sister Belinda Monahan, vocation minister, living in community at St. Scholastica Monastery, 7430 N. Ridge Blvd.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Bumbling into spring

    It was one of the first warm days this month, mostly sunny with a light breeze and a few high clouds.

  • Jesus overcomes betrayal, denial to triumph over death for us

    March 29: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
    Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16;Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1-15:47 or Mk 15:1-39
    I was barely a teenager when I learned a profound lesson in friendship. In physical education class at school the teacher appointed me one of two team captains to “choose up sides” for a softball game.

  • ‘Peter and Patrimony’ —

    There’s a new religious exhibit in the arch. On the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Feb. 22, St. John Cantius Parish museum (825 N. Carpenter St.) became the site of a permanent pontifical exhibit called: “Peter & Patrimony.” It’s a visible testimony to St. Peter and his succes sor s , the Vicars of Christ.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    Stephen Fry, Job, and Cross of Jesus

    The British writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry is featured in a YouTube video which has gone viral: over 5 million views as of this moment. As you may know, Fry is, like his British counterparts Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, a fairly ferocious atheist, who has made a name for himself in recent years as a very public debunker of all things religious.

  1. Kevin Hoggatt gets his head shaved as part of a St. Balderick's Day event on March 11 at St. Cajetan Parish, 2445 W 112th St. The event raises money for childhood cancers. Kevin was one of 111 participants at the school and parish who raised a total of nearly $25,000. Mount Carmel High School raised $144,906 at the time of publication. The event typically takes place around St. Patrick's Day. Karen Callaway/Catholic New World