Pope in Iraq: Hostility, violence are ‘betrayals’ of religion

Traveling to the birthplace of Abraham, Pope Francis urged believers to prove their faith in the one God and father of all by accepting one another as brothers and sisters.


Scholarship tax credits could be reduced under state plan

Advocates for tax-credit scholarships in Illinois are planning to mobilize to persuade state legislators and Gov. J.B. Pritzker that the state should not cut the tax credits included in the plan, which has allowed more than 20,000 Illinois elementary and high school students to attend private schools since 2018, the year the scholarships were first awarded.


Teachers, school staff receive vaccinations for COVID-19

When Daughter of Mary Immaculate of Guadalupe Claudia Carrillo, principal of Immaculate Conception School, 8739 S. Exchange Ave., learned that she and her fellow sisters who teach at the school could receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, she jumped at the chance.


COVID-19 doesn’t stop annual Lenten fish frys

Nena Zialkowski has been running the fish fry at St. Benedict Parish in Blue Island for more than 15 years, and she has it down to a science: the menu, the number of volunteers, how much fish to order to serve up to 1,200 meals each Friday during Lent.


Car Masses continue despite cold and snowy weather

When churches reopened for Masses last June, a handful of parishes with access to large parking lots got creative and started holding car Masses for those especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Despite the cold weather and lots of snow this year, those Masses continue to take place.