Pope calls on world leaders to end divisions to fight climate change

The future of humanity depends on what people choose now, Pope Francis said in his message to global leaders at the World Climate Action Summit of the U.N. Climate Change Conference.

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Nativity scene returns to Daley Plaza

Members of the God Squad‚ a team of volunteers from Chicago-area parishes, assembled the Nativity display at Chicago's Daley Plaza on Nov. 25, 2023. The annual tradition, now in its 39th year, is the only traditional display of the Nativity scene in downtown Chicago’s public square. An opening ceremony featured inspirational speakers, Christmas music and a blessing of the scene. Hosted by the Chicago Nativity Scene Committee, the display will be up through Dec. 30. The Committee is seeking donations to repair and refurbish the statues and manger through its “Support the Nativity” campaign. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

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Puerto Rican Catholics celebrate Mary

Members of the Puerto Rican Catholic community gathered for the annual Mass in honor of the feast of Our Lady, Mary Mother of the Divine Providence at Jesus, Bread of Life Parish, 2157 N. Humboldt Blvd., on Nov. 10, 2023. Our Lady of the Divine Providence is the religious, cultural and patriotic symbol for all Puerto Ricans. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)


Special Mass offered for those suffering from addiction

The night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest binge drinking nights of the year, according to Father Ryan Brady, associate pastor at Our Lady of the Ridge and St. Linus Parish in the South suburbs.


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.

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)