This week, The Catholic New World marks the start of Respect Life
Faith & Education
The clock on the classroom wall at Madonna High School says 7:30
a.m. School doesnt start until 8:05 a.m., yet sewing machines
already are humming.
Teaching the teachers
The more than 2,000 Catholic school teachers and catechists who
assembled Sept. 22 and 23 formed a praiseworthy army of lay apostles,
said Father John E. Pollard, director of the archdioceses Department
of Evangelization and Catechesis.
Catholic-Jewish program opens eyes, minds
As Yom Kippur approaches, curiousity reigns at more than a dozen
Chicago area Catholic high schools where students and teachers
ask questions about Jewish holidays and traditions.
Black Priests, Black Panthers: Breaking barriers at every turn
The Catholic New World series on Black Catholics in Chicago continues
examining what it means to be the first.
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Msgr. Ken Velo, president of the Catholic Church Extension Society,
has begun a medical leave of absence.
Special contributor Helen Alvare gives her perspective of what
it means take a stand for life.
This week, Catholic New World staff writer Michael D. Wamble talks
with Deacon George Brooks, director of advocacy for Kolbe House.
Theologians: condoms OK in certain cases, but not as policy
While debate continues among Catholic theologians on the issue,
most agree tolerance of the use of prophylactics could be permitted
on a case-by-case basis. Still, the practice of promoting condom
use as a matter of policy in the fight against AIDS could never
In his column, The Catholic Difference, George Weigel helps clear
the air after Dominus Iesus. Father Marcel Pasciak reminds couples
that good marriages make better Christians.
Changing of guard? Age shifts focus on papabili
Vatican-watchers note that cardinals once considered as possible
papal candidates have chosen other paths, namely retirement.
Polish cardinal to visit Chicago parishes
Cardinal Joseph Glemp of Poland will visit Chicago Oct. 6-8 to
celebrate Polish unity.
With an aura of simplicity and elegance, this parish of 3,400
families allows the Lord to shape them into a church community
under the motto All are welcome in this place. In this its 51st
year, a new $7 million building campaign is underway to add more
classrooms, a new gym, meeting rooms and a community gathering
The Chicago Olympic connection Australian native and Josephinum High School principal, Sister Donna Collins, RSCJ, will have 2000s Aussie Summer Olympics in mind when the Oct. 14 Jo Games take place. Heres a competition where teamwork and sportsmanship skills are more important than winning. Jo Games were created for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls from local inner city schools who dont live in neighborhoods where they can go outside and play softball or basketball safely with friends. The games provide an opportunity for them to compete in a unique athletic tournament in a safe environment. Ninety-six percent of the students attending Wicker Parks Josephinum are minority (Latino and African-American) young women from around the city, with 90 percent going on to college. For games info, call Zulma Ortiz at (773) 276-1261.