U.S. bishops examine challenges faced by church, society

On the agenda for the U.S. bishops' Nov. 11-13 meeting in Baltimore were elections and discussions of key challenges in the church and the nation. Unlike recent previous meetings, their response to the clergy abuse crisis was mentioned but was not the primary focus.


Christians must shun self-worship, pope says at synod’s final Mass

Poor people from the Amazon have shown that God’s creation must be treated “not as a resource to be exploited but as a home to be preserved, with trust in God,” Pope Francis said.


Seminarian immersion program benefits both students and parishes

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and students at Mundelein Seminary are coming together to form relationships and to learn from one another as part of the Father Augustus Tolton Teaching Parish Program.


Berwyn home to national shrine dedicated to holy souls

Throughout the month of November, Catholics participate in a long-standing tradition of praying for those who have died. Beyond the commemoration of All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2, parishes encourage people to add names of those who have died into books of the dead and there are special Masses and novenas.


Catholics celebrate Day of the Dead, feast of All Souls

When hundreds of worshipers gathered at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Nov. 2, they did so both to pray for their deceased loved ones and to demonstrate that those loved ones are still very much a part of the communion of saints.