Old St. Mary’s students learning the news hands-on

At 8:15 a.m. on Fridays, classrooms at Old St. Mary’s School, 1474 S. Michigan Ave., tune into the morning news. Not the “Today Show” or “Good Morning America,” or even a program airing on a local Chicago station. Their news comes from a lot closer than that: a third-floor former breakout room that has been outfitted as TV studio, complete with green screens, teleprompters and two cameras.


Finding peace, love at the bedsides of the ill and dying

There is peace to be found at the bedsides of the dying. There is also love.


Using Ash Wednesday as a kick-start to holiness

When I was in college, there was a group of students who didn’t always practice their faith, but when Ash Wednesday rolled around, all decided to band together in giving up a few particular sins common among college students.


Father Tolton may soon be declared ‘venerable’ by pope

The canonization cause for Servant of God Augustus Tolton is just one step away from going to Pope Francis where the priest to be declared “venerable.” The remaining steps in the process to canonization are to be declared “blessed” and “saint.”


Silence, denial are unacceptable, archbishop says in advance of abuse summit

When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, "whether it's criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial" on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, said the Vatican's top investigator of abuse cases.