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Students at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Chicago receive ashes during Mass on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. Ash Wednesday marked the start of the penitential season of Lent — a time of reflection, prayer, fasting and charity before the Easter feast.  (Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

  1. State owes Catholic Charities $25 million, and counting

    The State of Illinois owes Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago $25 million and counting. The continued budget impasse threatens to unravel the myriad social services provided to the most vulnerable Illinoisans, Msgr. Michael Boland, president and CEO of Catholic Charities, told the Catholic New World Feb. 10.

  2. Neighborhood ties help West Lawn school build enrollment

    Schools often play a key role in connecting their neighborhoods and building their communities across generations.

  3. Meetings starting for revitalization process

    Demographic shifts, aging buildings and fewer priests have led Archbishop Cupich to launch the “Renew My Church” process to revitalize parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

  4. Local pilgrims stuck in snowstorm following march

    For hundreds of pro-life advocates, the trip to this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., turned into a bit more of a pilgrimage than they expected.

  5. Old St. Pat’s says ‘enough is enough’ to city violence

    More than 100 people of various faiths and backgrounds gathered at Old St. Patrick’s Church on Jan. 28 to say “Enough is enough! No more violence!”

  6. ‘The violence that happens east of us affects us too’ Beverly churches call for a ‘day without murder’ March 27

    Beverly might not be the first neighborhood to come to mind for a campaign to reduce homicide in the city of Chicago.

  7. New book presents life of Dorothy Day

    In his historic address to Congress last September, Pope Francis spoke of four people who had “shaped fundamental values which will endure forever in the spirit of the American people.”

  8. Pope: Live your faith during Lent, perform works of mercy

    VATICAN CITY — Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said.

  9. Thousands attend vigil for life despite weather threat

    WASHINGTON — A baby in a manger is proof enough for Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York that Americans can express a culture of life.

  10. Carrying our ashes throughout Lent

    Most of us are guilty at one time or another of being judgmental of others. For me, it’s always been about the ashes.

  11. Billboards took pope’s environmental message to Iowa

    DUBUQUE, IOWA — As the eyes of the nation focused on the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, the 13 congregations of Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley wanted to capture the attention of participants to call for an end to environmentally destructive policies and practices.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

‘Renew My Church’ Dreaming Big about the Archdiocese of Chicago

Americans are known as a people who dream, and dream big. As a country of immigrants, dreaming is in our national DNA. The dream of a better life gave immigrants the courage to leave their families and ancestral homes and start over. Their dreams sustained them as they shouldered unimaginable burdens, inspired them to take risks, and gave them the daring to do things never done before.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Chicago priests learn about missions at the U.S.-Mexico border

    Few Chicago Catholics have experienced the Catholic Church’s “mission territory” here in the United States. Chicago-based Catholic Extension is now making introductions.

  2. Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Queen of the Rosary Students Prepare for Ash Wednesday

    On Feb. 8, Queen of the Rosary School students gathered for an outdoor prayer service. In preparation for Ash Wednesday, Associate Pastor Rev. Michael Owen led a palm burning ceremony for students and staff of the Elk Grove school. Eighth-grader Allison Banayat assisted in the burning of palms blessed during last year's celebration of Palm Sunday, resulting in ashes that will be distributed on the first day of Lent.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Letting go

    First went the broken battery-powered bubble machine. Then a random red checker, a lonely rubber block, a marker without a cap, a game cartridge for a system that last worked in 2010, assorted plastic bits that came from birthday-party goody bags or McDonald's Happy Meal boxes.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    Put to the test

    Dt 26:4-10; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13
    This Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Chocolate sales will spike and florists will have a banner day. But it is also the first Sunday of Lent, a season of penance and reflection as we prepare for Easter — not exactly a hearts and flowers kind of mood!

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    Mother Teresa: saint of light, saint of darkness

    Like so many others around the world, I was overjoyed to hear of the recent decision of the Vatican to canonize Mother Teresa, a woman generally recognized, during her lifetime, to be a “living saint.”