Pope cancels trip to climate conference in Dubai, although Vatican says his health is improving

"With great regret," Pope Francis has accepted his doctors' advice to not travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 1-3 and is looking at alternative ways the Vatican can participate in the U.N. Climate Change Conference, the director of the Vatican press office said.


Pope holds separate meetings with Israelis, Palestinians at Vatican

With hopes growing for a temporary, humanitarian cease-fire, Pope Francis met at the Vatican Nov. 22 with relatives of Israelis held hostage by Hamas and, separately, with relatives of Palestinians suffering under the Israeli siege of Gaza.

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Little Village parishes march for peace

Parishioners from parishes in Little Village gathered for Mass at St. Agnes of Bohemia Church, 2643 S. Central Park Ave., and a March for Peace on Nov. 4, 2023 in remembrance of Day of the Dead traditionally celebrated on All Souls' Day. The procession made several stops along the route, which gave participants a chance to reflect and offer prayers for end to violence both globally and locally. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)


St. Paul VI parishioners give back during service day

Close to 150 people gathered Nov. 4 at St. Paul VI Parish with the express purpose of helping their neighbors.


Retired priest scammed out of his life savings

Father Robert Banzin, 85, is sharing his cautionary tale of being scammed out of $61,000 — his life savings — in the hope of helping other people avoid being similarly victimized.

Remembering loved ones on Day of the Dead

Families created traditional altars on the grounds surrounding the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines in honor of their deceased loved ones, with photos, memorabilia, their favorite foods and the traditional pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on Nov. 2, 2023. Priests and deacons from the shrine blessed the altars and prayed with participants following a Mass for All Souls' Day in the chapel. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)