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Bishop John Manz meets with ‘people on the move’ in Kentucky

Horse farms. World-renowned racetracks. A nursery. A tobacco farm. A horse stud farm. An equine hospital. Those were several of the places Auxiliary Bishop John Manz visited Sept. 19-22 to meet “people on the move” on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

  1. Archbishop Cupich lends his support for Extension

    “We’re here as mission dioceses, but we also have to see ourselves as dioceses with a mission.” That’s what Archbishop Cupich told 75 bishops gathered at the Lincolnshire Marriott Sept. 26 as they gathered for Catholic Extension’s annual meeting.

  2. Chicago priest appears in Black Eyed Peas video about love

    When you watch the Black Eyed Peas’ new video version of “Where Is the Love?” the first person you see after frontman is Father Don Woznicki, a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

  3. Couples celebrate half-century of joy, suffering, hope, sorrow

    When Lorraine and Jay Popek went to the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at Holy Name Cathedral Sept. 18, they joined the other couples in bringing with them a half-century’s worth of joy and suffering, hope and sorrow.

  4. Catholic Cemeteries puts works of mercy into action

    Staff at Catholic Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Chicago have taken the Jubilee of Mercy to heart. Since February they have held collections that reflect the corporal works of mercy at all of their 15 sites. The collections benefit various charities.

  5. Art Institute of Chicago partners with archdiocese for Jubilee of Mercy tour

    From now until the end of 2016, visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago can participate in self-guided or guided tours of seven works of art related to the Jubilee of Mercy. This is a first-time partnership for both the archdiocese and the museum.

  6. Pope Francis looks to heal rifts in upcoming trips

    VATICAN CITY — The superior general of the Society of Jesus — sometimes called the “Black Pope” — wields significant influence, thanks to the order’s expansive network of schools, universities and missions in virtually every corner of the world.

  7. Spirituality, young people, marriage discussed at black Catholic gathering

    Dozens of black Catholics from the Archdiocese of Chicago gathered Sept. 24 to reflect on the progress their community has made and the work left to do as they prepare for the National Black Catholic Congress meeting in Orlando in July 2017.

  8. Bringing a ‘culture of life’ to local college campuses

    When the March for Life Chicago made its way through the Loop in January, the young people carrying the pro-life banner at the head of the group were college students, proud members of pro-life groups on their campuses.

  9. Help coming for Catholics in Cuba

    On Sept. 27, Catholic Extension President Father Jack Wall and delegations of Catholic bishops from Cuba and Puerto Rico announced the launch of two new efforts by the Chicago- based fundraising and church-building organization to support the Catholic Church in the Caribbean.

  10. Cardinal says group’s ‘deceptive’ ads promote abortion as ‘a social good’

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Ads appearing around the country “calling for taxpayer funding of abortion in the name of the Catholic faith” are “deceptive,” “extreme” and promote “abortion as if it were a social good,” said New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

  11. Three Mexican priests murdered within days

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) — A priest abducted from his parish residence in the Mexican state of Michoacan has been found dead, the Archdiocese of Morelia confirmed Sept. 25. He was the third priest murdered in Mexico within days.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

By loving we proclaim God

On Sept. 25, Pope Francis gave the following homily as he celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Square on the occasion of the Jubilee of Catechists. I am pleased to provide the space of my column this week to reprint it here, as it provides helpful insights in understanding the Holy Father’s emphasis on placing mercy at the center of our relationships, whether with those in need in our parishes and families or those abroad.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Thursday, September 29, 2016

    St. George School Walk-a-thon

    St. George School in Tinley Park recently held its annual Walk-a-thon, with proceeds going towards additional technology for our children. Students in grades pre-school through eight decorated wagons which they proudly paraded a few blocks around our school. A surprise visit of Mr. Chili Pepper from our local Chili's restaurant added to the excitement of the morning.

  2. Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Filling the Hole in the Middle of Our Lives

    Candace Vogler, PhD, works in that rarest of air as a philosophy professor at the University of Chicago, but lives in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods where guns, gangs and “underground economic activity” prevail.

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  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Sink or swim?

    When I walked onto the pool deck to watch the last five minutes of Teresa’s swimming lesson last week, the teacher was telling her group that if they finished what they were doing, there would be time to jump in from the side.

  • Perspectives on Scripture

    By Father Donald Senior

    Doing what we were meant to do

    Oct. 2: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4; 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10

    “Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and clamorous discord…” Where and when was this lament written? In Chicago, where we have reached a record-breaking 500 homicides this year? In Syria, where a once-beautiful and historic country is being bombed into oblivion? In Europe or Africa where scores are murdered in wanton acts of terror?

  • Faith and Culture

    By Bishop Robert Barron

    A report from ‘baby bishop school’

    For the past week in September, I have been sequestered at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, an institution about five miles west of St. Peter’s Basilica. I’m here for the Formation for New Bishops’ program, more colloquially known as “Baby Bishop School.” My colleagues are about 150 other bishops from around the world who have been appointed in the last 12 months.

  • Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa

    Archbishop Cupich celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa at Holy Name Cathedral on Sept. 25.

  • 100th anniversary Mass for St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish

    Archbishop Cupich was the main celebrant at a 100th anniversary Mass with parishioners of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, 3721 West 62nd St., on Sept. 11.