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Telemundo holds national immigration town hall at local parish

Immaculate Conception Church, 2745 W. 44th St., turned into a TV studio March 19 when Noticias Telemundo taped the town hall “Latinos Venciendo el Miedo” (“Latinos Overcoming Fear”) inside the church.

  1. Catholic, Muslim leaders meet in dialogue

    Leaders in Muslim-Catholic dialogue called on members of both communities to find ways to accompany one another and work together at a moment when all religion is under threat from an increasingly secular and even anti-religious society.

  2. St. Barnabas gathering promotes interfaith friendships

    Christianity, Judaism and Islam all share the same core values that implore believers to care for the vulnerable and the stranger among us.

  3. Program offers way for refugee women to learn skills, earn money

    The women who gather at LOOM Chicago are from Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria and the Republic of Congo, Nepal, Bhutan and Sudan.

  4. A look back: women’s pages and Father Tolton

    Part of the fun of putting together features about what this newspaper has covered in the past 125 years is viewing old copies of the papers on microfilm at the archdiocese’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center, 711 W. Monroe St.

  5. St. Patrick’s Day: floats, fun and a general dispensation

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

    Cardinal Cupich made Catholics across the archdiocese happy on March 6 when he issued a “general dispensation” from abstaining from meat on St. Patrick’s Day, which this year falls on a Friday during Lent.

  6. Catholic, Lutheran bishops mark Reformation anniversary

    On March 2, Catholic and Lutheran bishops gathered in Chicago for a prayer service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and to release a statement on the event.

  7. Documentary explores Catholicism in Flannery O’Connor’s writings

    Flannery O’Connor is considered one of America’s great writers. While many may be familiar with her short stories such as “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and her novels such as “Wise Blood,” the fact that she was a committed Catholic may not be quite as well known.

  8. Children at Ascension in Oak Park use Lent to help the environment

    Children at Ascension Parish in Oak Park are participating in a different kind of Lenten fast this year, one that’s intended to preserve the resources of the earth in the spirit of “Laudato Si,’” Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter on the importance of caring for the environment.

  9. Maryville helps families keep medically fragile children safe through unique care center

    Maryville Academy is well known in the Chicago area for the many years when it took care of orphaned children at its residential facility in Des Plaines.

  10. Pope Francis takes time for reflection during Lenten retreat

    VATICAN CITY — The town of Ariccia is nestled amid the peaceful surroundings of the Alban Hills and is reached in an hour’s drive heading southeast from the Vatican. It was here that Pope Francis travelled last week for a period of “spiritual exercises” where he stepped into the metaphorical desert of Lent.

  11. Retreats, prayer, almsgiving during Lent can ‘jump-start’ one’s faith

    WASHINGTON — Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, is often viewed as a time to give up something and go without meat on Fridays.


Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Pope Francis fulfilling the vision of St. John Paul II

Over two decades ago, St. John Paul II asked the bishops of the world to help him chart a new way of exercising the ministry of the successor of Peter. In his encyclical “Ut Unum Sint” (“That They May Be One”), the saintly pope readily admitted that the papal ministry has caused an obstacle to Christian unity.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, March 13, 2017

    National Religious Vocation Conference announces new executive director

    Chicago –The National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) announced Sister Sharon Dillon, S.S.J-T.O.S.F. as its new executive director, effective June 1. Dillon succeeds Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C. who became vicar general of his community last September after serving at NRVC for 14 years.

  2. Friday, March 10, 2017

    Darst Center Honors Sister Joy Clough RSM

    Mercy Sister Joy Clough, RSM, was honored March 4, by the Br. David Darst Center at the organization’s annual fund-raiser: A Night at the Races. A long-time member of the Darst Center board of directors, Sister Joy served as the board’s president from 2009 to 2016 as the Center expanded its programs, participants and partner agencies.

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  • Family Room by Michelle Martin

    A stitch in time

    It only takes a second. It takes a moment after dinner, while I’m doing the dishes and making popcorn to watch a hockey game on TV with Teresa when I’m done.

  • Father Donald Senior, CP

    Living water

    March 19: Third Sunday of Lent

    Seventy-one percent of the earth’s surface is water. The human body is about 60 percent water. A human can exist for a month without food but only a week without water. No wonder in the Genesis account of creation, water is already there when God starts his divine work of bringing order and beauty out of the primeval chaos.

  • Father James F. Keenan, SJ

    The Beatitudes for today

    In his pioneering work “The Ten Commandments and The Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real Life,” theologian Lúcás Chan argues that the Commandments and the Beatitudes are the twin moral pillars of the Bible. He also makes the case that we need to attend to the Beatitudes because these are the steps we must learn if we want to follow Christ.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cardinal George’s Column

    By Francis Cardinal George, OMI
  • Participants visit the St. Joseph's Table at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., on March 19. When the St. Joseph's Day tradition started in the Middle Ages, Italian families welcomed the poor to eat from their tables at home. It began with Catholics in Sicily who were grateful to Joseph after they prayed for his intervention during a devastating drought. St. Joseph's feast day is March 19. Photo Gallery

  • Patricia, Sebastian and Jose Rojas pray the ‘Our Father’ after receiving ashes at St. Anthony of Padua Parish on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Photo gallery