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(Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

‘Reality of peace begins with every single one of us’

Hours before Cardinal Cupich joined Father Michael Pfleger and hundreds of others in a peace march in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, two girls, ages 7 and 13, were shot on a school playground on the South Side. Both were released from the hospital that evening.

  1. Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance.

  2. Retired Archbishop Quinn of San Francisco dies at 88

    SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- Retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco, who led the Northern California archdiocese for 18 years, died June 22 after a long illness. He was 88.

  3. Local Catholics helped effort to end contract buying

    Clyde Ross was working two jobs in the summer of 1967. His wife, Lillie, worked too, but between them, they could barely make ends meet, feeding and educating five children, and hold onto the house they bought on Flournoy Street in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood.

  4. Meet Dominican friar who takes care of St. Jude relic

    For Dominican Father Michael Ford, the history of salvation is contained a chunk of bone.

  5. Yo-Yo Ma leads historic peace concert at St. Sabina

    One Sunday this spring in between morning Masses, Father Michael Pfleger was told a man saying he was Yo-Ya Ma was in the church and wanted to meet him. The senior pastor at St. Sabina Parish, 1210 W. 78th Place, thought it was a joke. It wasn’t.

  6. Sharon Stein visits with Asmah Ahmed after breaking their fast as the Islamic Foundation North in Libertyville hosted the Annual Muslim/Catholic Interfaith Program and Iftar on June 12. Photo Gallery

  7. Children carry letters that spell out "Jesus" as they leave Daley Plaza during Vicariate III's Corpus Christi procession "Jesus in the Streets" on June 17. The group processed through downtown Chicago. Photo Gallery

  8. Charting change: Vatican statistics track church health indicators

    VATICAN CITY — The health of the Catholic Church can be measured in many ways, and the Vatican has a special office just for that purpose.

  9. Bishops’ concerns for religious liberty, health care echo at assembly

    INDIANAPOLIS — Reflecting their concern that religious liberty at home and abroad remains a top priority, the U.S. bishops during their spring general assembly in Indianapolis voted to make permanent their Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.


Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Where are the U.S. bishops on immigration reform?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Indianapolis June 14-15, and among the important issues discussed was reforming our immigration policies. We have consistently called for comprehensive reform of our nation’s immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented persons in the country.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Friday, June 23, 2017

    Loyola Medicine Emergency Department holds blessing in solidarity against gun violence

    On June 7, Marie Coglianese, BCC, MPS, director of pastoral care and education, and chaplains Bob Andorka and Matthew Eaton, joined Mark Cichon, DO, chair of the department of emergency medicine, and emergency department colleagues in a prayer for summer peace and protection against violence.

  2. Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Msgr. Patrick Pollard receives national award


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  • Family Room by Michelle Martin

    A week late …

    This issue of Chicago Catholic comes to you a week after Father’s Day. It seems appropriate, then, to honor my husband and other fathers now, because that’s how Father’s Day celebrations often feel: a day (or a week) late, and a dollar short.

  • Father Donald Senior, CP

    Oppose death in all its forms

    June 25: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    I hope all those who hear the readings for this Sunday will be in good spirits and enjoying the June sunshine. The readings, however, are not so sunny. Led by the lament of the prophet Jeremiah, the readings today confront the reality of evil in our world, an aspect of the Bible that co-exists along with its sense of beauty and profound hope.

  • Father Thomas Baima

    Let us seek common values

    On June 10, there were protests in major U.S. cities against Muslims claiming that they are seeking the imposition of Sharia law in this country. These were met with counter-protests calling for religious tolerance and inclusion. There was a lot of name-calling, none of which is helpful.

  • Monsignor Michael Boland

    A path to success

    For many of us, summer is a blessing. With kids out of school, we relish the slower pace of life and take pleasure in more outdoor activities. But for families living in troubled neighborhoods, the start of summer can be very worrisome. Parents fear increasing violence and struggle to keep their children safe and engaged in activities that can have a positive impact on their futures.

  • Don Wycliff

    Understanding civics

    I recently attended an event where a woman who looked to be about 60 years old stood up and admitted that, until a few months ago, she had known almost nothing about civics: how laws get made; how legislatures are structured and legislators are chosen; how “we, the people” govern ourselves.

  • Father James F. Keenan, SJ

    The gift of ‘Laudato Si’’

    In the wake of President Trump’s announced withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, and in light of Pentecost, I propose, as many Catholic writers are doing as well, that we receive “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, as a treasured gift and, and in the spirit of Pentecost, we share with others this wonderful gift. We need to make “Laudato Si’” a household name.

  • Margaret O’Brien Steinfels

    The future parish

    The secular world clings to the idea that the Catholic Church is unchanging. Catholics know better. Pressed to say how, we turn to describing our parish. Perhaps seeing the church in one parish is like seeing the world in a grain of sand. But “Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century,” looks at the big picture, reporting important data and details about parishes, parishioners and parish staffs.

  • Kerry Alys Robinson

    Stemming the exodus: College graduates and the church

    Close to half a million Catholics in the United States have just graduated from college, and almost as soon as they did their participation in the church plummeted.

  • Bishop Robert Barron

    Our Lady of Fatima and a theological reading of history

    On May 14 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to a group of shepherd children near the Portuguese town of Fatima. The series of Fatima appearances — lasting from May until October of 1917 — is one of the most extraordinary in the history of the church. It has also beguiled political and cultural commentators outside the ambit of the church, and it is this wider implication that I would like to explore.

  • Father Jack Wall

    Choosing unity

    Today our country is deeply fractured along political lines. A 2017 Pew study reports that 86 percent of Americans describe our country as “more politically divided today than in the past.” This is the highest percentage since the survey question was first asked in 2004 and nearly double the 46 percent who responded this way in 2009.

  • Steven P. Millies

    Catholicism and the common good

    Twenty-five years ago, Francis Fukuyama published his book “The End of History and the Last Man” (Avon Books, 1992). The book followed his much-noted 1989 article in National Interest where Fukuyama wondered whether, as the Cold War ended, we had reached what he called the end of history.

  • Cardinal George’s Column

    By Francis Cardinal George, OMI