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Pope calls for urgent ‘reality check’ against misinformation about vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic calls for an urgent reality check against baseless information and for increased efforts so everyone has access to vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools, Pope Francis told diplomats from around the world.

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Waukegan food pantry makes Christmas feasts possible

Darlene Montesdeoca has served as the food pantry coordinator at Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan for many years. But before that she was a client in need of food for herself and her daughters.

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Church leaders pledge continued prayer, advocacy for immigration reform

Members of several groups advocating for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform pledged to redouble their efforts in 2022 in a Dec. 17, 2021, press conference following the annual Posada Seeking Immigration Reform.

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2021 year in review: Catholics pray for peace, healing

The COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it continued to dominate the news both locally and around the world in 2021. Hope for a return to normalcy grew throughout the spring with expanding access to and availability of vaccines to prevent the spread of the disease, but then took a hit in the summer as the delta variant surged.

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St. Patrick High School honors young student diagnosed with cancer

When administrators at St. Patrick High School reached out to the family of Brendan Nelson, a second grader who was diagnosed with a brain tumor just before the beginning of the school year, to see what their students could do to help, Brendan’s mother asked for one thing: Do something to make Brendan feel special.

Little Sisters of the Poor give Chicago welcome to mother general

Mother General Maria del Monte Auxiliadora of the Little Sisters of the Poor traveled from France for her first visit to the United States to visit her community's St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Palatine on Nov. 30, 2021. The sisters and residents greeted Mother Maria with a welcome party and playful program that included an introduction to cultural life in Chicago, a Day in the Life at the Home, and the love for Chicago sports teams. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Pope Francis continues reform of religious life

One area of church life that Pope Francis has quietly sought to reform is religious life, namely the communities of nuns, religious sisters, monks and friars, and in particular the newer ones. Francis, a member of the Society of Jesus, one of the best-known religious congregations in the world, has sought to tackle problems in recently established orders. He has also publicly acknowledged the sexual, psychological and spiritual abuse of nuns both from priests and within their congregations.

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