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(Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Loyola’s living legend inducted into hall of fame

Rock star. Icon. Living legend. Those are just some of the words used to describe Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 97-year-old chaplain of Loyola University’s men’s basketball team and the newest member of the university’s sports hall of fame.

  1. Cardinal Cupich: Give yourself a gift this Lent, silence

    The noise pollution of modern society grows harsher every year. We are bombarded by noise from traffic, aircraft, office equipment, home appliances, TVs and cell-phone conversations. Oddly enough, we rarely seem to notice the increased noise because we have learned to live with it or just block it out.

  2. DePaul University names first layperson as president

    A. Gabriel Esteban was introduced Feb. 16 as the 12th president of DePaul University.

    Esteban, who has served as president of Seton Hall in South Orange, New Jersey, since 2011, will be the first lay president in DePaul’s 119-year history when he takes office July 1.

  3. Using music to help those coming back from strife

    About a dozen women gather at 8 a.m. on a Thursday in the sun room at Grace House, a transitional shelter for women who have been incarcerated.

  4. Book Review

    Reporting religiously, from nuns to ‘nones’

    Kenneth Woodward’s new memoir, “Getting Religion,” marches entertainingly through his nearly 40 years as Newsweek’s religion editor.

  5. Border bishops call for dignity regardless of 'migration condition'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a joint statement, Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S.-Mexico border spoke of the "pain, the fear, and the anguish" they're seeing in immigrants and vowed to follow the example of the pope in building "bridges, rather than the walls of exclusion and exploitation."

  6. Cardinal urges Catholics to oppose bill that would use public funds for abortion

    Cardinal Cupich is asking Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago to contact their state legislators to oppose House Bill 40, which would allow for public funding of abortions in Illinois.

  7. We’re looking for unique conversion stories

    Each year hundreds of people enter the Catholic Church in Chicago during the Easter Vigil through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

  8. Ricardo Muti (music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Cardinal Cupich and symphony members smile while the congregation applauds at the end of the performance of Joseph Haydn's "The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross" at Holy Name Cathedral on Feb. 17. Cardinal Cupich narrated the performance. Photo Gallery

  9. Vatican canon law official explains provisions of ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    VATICAN CITY — The provisions of “Amoris Laetitia” allow people in irregular marriage situations access to the sacraments only if they recognize their situation is sinful and desire to change it, according to the cardinal who heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

  10. Be ashamed when tempted to use church for power struggles, pope says

    VATICAN CITY — Whenever one is tempted to use the church for pursuing personal ambitions or to be arrogant, pray to feel ashamed, Pope Francis said.

  11. Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, Pope Francis says

    ROME — Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a “fluid economy” and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of “intellectual charity” that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity.

  12. Pew study: Americans grow warmer toward religious groups

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Americans are feeling more positive toward various religious groups than they did less than three years ago.


Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Executive actions on refugees and immigrants: The facts and figures

In my last column, I attempted to put a face on the issue of refugee settlement and immigration by sharing various stories that revealed how humanity’s failure to welcome the stranger and protect the vulnerable has had disastrous consequences.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    My Guy & Me

    St. George School sponsored its first annual Valentine's Father-Daughter Dance, My Guy & Me, on Feb. 11. The evening was filled with fun and laughter as the young ladies danced with their dads or grandpas. What beautiful, loving memories for these special girls and their dates!

  2. Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Frassati Catholic Academy Seventh Grader Achieves Success in DAR Essay Contest

    Emma R., seventh grade student at Frassati Catholic Academy (FCA) in Wauconda, participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Essay Contest. This contest encourages young people to think creatively and learn about history.

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  • Family Room by Michelle Martin

    Changing times

    Nine years ago, when Frank was in first grade, we sat at the desk in the living room and put together a PowerPoint presentation on how airplanes fly.

  • Father Donald Senior, CP

    Where do we find ultimate peace?

    Feb. 26: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Some have claimed that the fourth-century St. Augustine has said everything there is worth saying. That is probably an exaggeration but so many of his words are memorable — perhaps none more so than this quotation from his “Confessions”: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in you.”

  • Don Wycliff

    Empathy is the better way

    I recently attended the annual fundraising dinner for Christ the King Jesuit College Prep High School, where I have been on the board for the past five-plus years.

  • Bishop Robert Barron

    ‘The Crown’ and fundamental values

    The Netflix original series “The Crown,” which has to do with the last months of the reign of King George VI and the first years of the reign of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, is just the kind of program that Americans in particular seem naturally to love.

  • Father James F. Keenan, SJ

    Two moral pillars of the Bible

    On Jan. 29, at churches across the world, Catholics heard the Beatitudes from Matthew’s Gospel. It made me think of what my late friend Lúcás Chan called the “two moral pillars of the Bible”: the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes.

  • Monsignor Michael Boland

    How does someone end up homeless?

    It has been extremely touching to watch Pope Francis’ repeated outreach to the homeless. Each one of his acts, including inviting homeless men and women to meals and concerts at the Vatican and installing shower stalls, a barbershop and a health clinic near St. Peter’s Square, demonstrate his special love for those living at the peripheries of life — those whom Jesus entrusted to our care.

  • Kerry Alys Robinson

    Responsibility and the rite of baptism

    Full disclosure: For as long as I have been aware, I have passionately loved the church and held its potential in the highest esteem. Its explicitly religious mission has formed the person I am today. That it is the largest humanitarian network in the world renders me forever committed to its health and vitality.

  • Cardinal George’s Column

    By Francis Cardinal George, OMI
  • Father Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Place, washes the feet of members of the Muslim, Latino and African-American communities. Photo gallery