Chicagoland

Faith of youth energized at Holy Fire

Over 4,000 young people packed the UIC Pavilion for Holy Fire on Oct. 20. Students in sixth through ninth grades from parish religious education programs and Catholic schools, together with their teachers, catechists, youth ministers, parents, chaperones, and pastors attended the second-annual event. The event is an effort help young people see themselves as witnesses of Christ and members of a young church.

U.S.

Catholic cemeteries bury the poor and forgotten

It is not as if anyone has organized a parade or a public relations campaign to say so, but Catholic cemeteries around the country have, do and will bury the indigent and those whose bodies have gone unclaimed.

Vatican

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.

Chicagoland

Growing domestic-violence outreach celebrated

One in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines in the United States receive more than 20,000 calls, an average of close to 15 calls every minute.

Chicagoland

Three Virgins celebrated at St. Joseph Parish

When Leonides Nieto was an infant she was gravely ill and near death. Her mother prayed to Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos (St. John of the Lakes) to intercede with Jesus on her daughter’s behalf, promising that if Leonides was healed, the family would leave a photo of the baby at the Virgin’s basilica in Jalisco, Mexico.

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