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St. Nicholas of Tolentine starts school year in style

St. Nicholas of Tolentine (3741 W. 62nd St,) kicked off its 2016/17 school year with a red carpet event. Teachers arrived in a stretch limo and joined students in walking the red carpet into the school. They received a blessing from the pastor before Jim Rigg, superintendent ran the ceremonial bell signaling the start of classes.

  1. Vatican newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is authoritative church teaching

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper.

  2. WYD pilgrims return with new perspectives

    Teenagers and young adults who traveled to Poland for World Youth Day July 25-31 spent a week praying, praising God and immersing themselves in a crowd of their peers. Now they have returned home, to start the hard part.

  3. Thriving young adult event makes parish vital

    Theology on Tap takes place at various parishes around the Archdiocese of Chicago each summer, but the program geared toward young adults is perhaps most successful at St. Clement Parish, 642 W. Deming Place.

  4. Final wave of campaign kicks off

    As the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign kicks off its sixth and final wave, organizers are confident that it will meet its goal, both of raising $350 million and helping parishes and schools throughout the archdiocese share the Gospel.

  5. Catholics take part in 50th anniversary of King march

    Louis Woodland was serving in Vietnam in 1966 when Martin Luther King Jr. led a march on Aug. 5 through Marquette Park in support of the Chicago Freedom Movement.

  6. Armenian martyrs find home at Morton Grove shrine

    For Father Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan and his parishioners at the St. James Armenian Apostolic Church in Evanston, the Armenian genocide of the early 20th century is not a distant historical event.

  7. Augustus Tolton icon commissioned

    While the Archdiocese of Chicago continues work on the canonization cause for Servant of God Augustus Tolton, organizers commissioned a hand-painted icon of the priest.

  8. Check these off your Catholic bucket list

    The Archdiocese of Chicago abounds with spiritual riches. Within Cook and Lake counties, we have shrines, chapels, basilicas and grottos. We have unique devotions to various saints along with outdoor processions in honor of Jesus and his mother.

  9. Catholic coloring book for adults offers way to de-stress with Mary

    A recent craze of coloring books for adults has taken the country by storm and this year Aug. 11 was declared National Coloring Book Day.

  10. Local school blesses, thanks members of the Chicago Police Department

    Antwain Triplette has friends whose children are scared when they see the police and feel they have to run away and hide. His three children who attend the Academy of St. Benedict the African, 6020 S. Laflin St., have a different response.

  11. Loyola Academy grad wins gold

    U.S. swimmer Conor Dwyer, left, a graduate of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, celebrates winning gold with fellow teammates following their 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 9. Dwyer also won a bronze medal 200-meter freestyle on Aug. 8.  (CNS photos/David Gray, Reuters)

  12. Gymnast keeps rosary — a gift from her mom — close when she competes

    RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles says when she travels, she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her.

  13. On ‘Mercy Friday,’ pope visits women rescued from prostitution

    VATICAN CITY — Continuing his Year of Mercy practice of going one Friday a month to visit people facing special struggles, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution.

  14. Forgive others and find peace, pope says during brief visit to Assisi

    ASSISI, ITALY (CNS) — Celebrating how God’s mercy has been experienced for 800 years in a tiny stone church in Assisi, Pope Francis said people need to experience God’s forgiveness and start learning how to forgive others.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

‘The Joy of Love’ and the need for an authentic church discipline

In my previous article on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “The Joy of Love, (CNW, Aug. 7), I referred readers to Professor Rocco Buttiglione’s comments on the document, published last month in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, August 22, 2016

    Catholic Charities Teens Win Coding Competition

    Learning valuable job skills can be difficult for youth living in at-risk communities, but when resources are provided, they can go on to do amazing things. After dedicating their summer to employment training as part of the Catholic Charities Summer Employment Program, the teens of Catholic Charities Westside coding team took first place in Project Tech Teen’s coding competition on Aug, 11. The teens participated in a coding program to learn how to build applications within the context of job readiness and entrepreneurship.

  2. Friday, August 19, 2016

    Therese A. Scanlan, EdD named President of Resurrection University Chicago

    Resurrection University announced the Board of Directors’ selection of Therese A. Scanlan, EdD to the position of President of the University. Scanlan has assumed the role as President and will lead the charge for the University that has recently doubled enrollment in less than five years. Prior to the role as president and interim president, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer where she led a multitude of governance, legal, construction and financial initiatives through the University’s enormous period of growth.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    An hour well spent

    I spent an hour Sunday afternoon on the phone with Microsoft tech support. Well, 51 minutes if we’re counting.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    Those who exult themselves will be humbled

    Aug. 28: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Heb 12:18-19, 22- 24a; Lk 14:1,7-14

    Not so long ago I attended a meeting at Misericordia Home, the extraordinary place here in Chicago that serves over 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities. The meeting was in preparation for “Candy Days,” one of its many annual fundraising events.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    The most religiously interesting show on TV

    At the prompting of some of my younger colleagues at Word on Fire, I spent time during a recent vacation getting caught up on the History Channel show “Vikings.” My friends had told me that “Vikings,” curiously, is the most religious show on television. They were right.

  • Archbishop Cupich greets parish representives following the third-wave kickoff of the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glenview on Aug. 1. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

  • Bernadette Garza-Barreda and Allan Barreda pray near the relic of Blessed Mother Theresa at St. Ita Parish, 5500 N Broadway St. on July 31. The relic has been on tour for the last several weeks at both St. Ita and St. Bride parishes in anticipation of her canonization on Sept. 4. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)