Vatican

Elderly are to be valued, not discarded, pope says

Older people are not "leftovers" to be discarded; rather, they continue to be precious nourishment for families, young people and communities, Pope Francis said in the homily he wrote for the Mass marking the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Chicagoland

Annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel novena brings celebration to Melrose Park

“To me, it was more important than Christmas.” That’s how Rosalie Augustine, 101, described the annual novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Melrose Park.

Chicagoland

St. Mary of Providence celebrates first time back together

When residents and clients of St. Mary of Providence gathered in front of their main building July 15, all decked out in red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day, they sang a verse of “God Bless America” and carried signs thanking health care workers.

Chicagoland

Bishop Manz: mentor to many, voice for immigrants

Bishop Kevin Birmingham spent his summers as a college seminarian at St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish in Little Village, teaching English-language RCIA and one summer organizing a day camp for kids.

Vatican

Appealing to need for unity, pope restores limits on pre-Vatican II Mass

Saying he was acting for the good of the unity of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has restored limits on the celebration of the Mass according to the Roman Missal in use before the Second Vatican Council, overturning or severely restricting permissions St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI had given to celebrate the so-called Tridentine-rite Mass.

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