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Blessed Romero 'another brilliant star' belonging to church of Americas

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.

  1. Archbishop Cupich outlines priorities for local church

    On May 11, Archbishop Cupich sat down with editor Joyce Duriga to discuss his priorities for the Archdiocese of Chicago going forward.

  2. ORDINANDI 2015 Meet the new priests

    The Archdiocese of Chicago was to welcome 14 new priests on May 16. They hail from Cuba, Kenya, Mexico, Michigan, Poland, West Virginia and the archdiocese itself, and they range in age from 26 to 47. The men, who will take up their new assignments July 1, have walked varied paths toward ordination. Learn about them here, and join the Catholic New World in congratulating them.

  3. Oscar Romero’s legacy lives on in Chicago Archdiocese to celebrate his beatification with May 23 Mass

    When Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is beatified May 23, he will be one step closer to sainthood.

  4. Scholarship fund created in Cardinal George’s name

    A scholarship fund has been established for memorials to Cardinal George, who was dedicated to ensuring a Catholic education was available to all children, regardless of financial need.

  5. Archbishop names new leaders

    Archbishop Cupich announced the appointment of 11 new leaders for the Archdiocese of Chicago in an April 30 press release.

  6. Bishop Perry makes case for marriage between a man and woman

    Leaders of diverse religious communities released an open letter on April 23 to reaffirm their common belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and their common commitment to religious freedom in this country.

  7. A unique way to heal church after abuse

    Twelve people gathered around in a circle in the hall of St. Mary of the Woods Church on the evening of April 16 to make an effort to heal the wider Catholic Church and its members of the horrors of the clergy sex abuse crisis.

  8. Movie Reviews Parents cautioned on 'Avengers' film

    Reviews of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Child 44”

  9. Wail of sirens calls priest, religious to train crash site to offer help

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The wailing of sirens called Father Tom Higgins from his parish rectory and Sisters Linda Lukiewski and Julie Sertsch from their convent to the scene of the Amtrak train derailment the evening of May 12.

  10. Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" on foot, and to send "missionaries of mercy" throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Celibacy: the ‘one more thing’

This past Saturday (May 9) I ordained five men to the transitional diaconate. Next year, God willing, they will be ordained priests for our archdiocese.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Blessing of the bikes

    Father William Lego sprinkles holy water during the blessing of the bikes at St. Turibius Parish 56th & Karlov Ave. on May 16.

  2. Monday, May 18, 2015

    Leo Men Honored

    Leo Catholic High School Class of 1965 recently held their 50th reunion at the Lexington House in Hickory Hills.

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  • Life as a Marist brother, immersed in the unexpected

    He is: Marist Brother Hank Hammer, president of Marist High School in Chicago. Has also ministered as a teacher, vocation director, director of evangelization, assistant provincial, as academic dean and principal at Marist.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    The days are long

    The days are long but the years are short.” Those words — coined by author Gretchen Rubin as part of her “Happiness Project” — have become almost a truism for parents of young children. They’re a slightly less infuriating way of reminding us that the days of toting car seats and handling tantrums don’t last — kind of like the older ladies in the supermarket who smile fondly at a screaming toddler and say, “Enjoy it while you can.”

  • At baptism each of us receives a magnanimous gift from God

    May 24: Pentecost Sunday
    Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Gal 5:16-25; Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15
    About 15 years ago, my dad traveled to Brazil on business and, while there, he purchased a beautiful gold and aquamarine necklace for my mother. It was stunning. We all admired it when she opened the gift on Christmas morning, after which my sister and I began the usual good-natured jokes about which one of us would inherit the piece.

  • Difference of opinion —

    Pope Francis says he will canonize Blessed Father Junipero Serra on Sept. 23 during his visit to the U.S. The pope called Serra “the evangelizer of the west in the United States,” for his creation of the mission system in California in the 18th century. On the other hand, some have called Serra’s ministry “colonization.”

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    Resurrection: the startlingly good news

    Just a few weeks before the most significant Christian holy day of the year, British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking on an evangelical radio program, articulated what, for him, is the meaning of Easter. He explained that the central message of Easter is “kindness, compassion, hard work, and responsibility.”

  • Auxiliary Bishop John Manz and Father Hugo Londono bless expectant mothers during the Mother's Day Mass at St. Joseph Church, 4821 S. Hermitage Ave. The pregnant women were given a white rose, prayer card and a medal of St. Gerard Majella, patron saint of expectant mothers. (John Smierciak/CatholicNew World)