Bishops express sorrow, condemn racially motivated shooting in Buffalo

Several U.S. Catholic bishops expressed sorrow and called out racism and gun violence after reports of a May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left at least three injured and 10 dead -- a crime authorities categorized as likely motivated by hatred for Black people.


Maryville nursery offers free emergency childcare to families in crisis

Paula Johnson moved to Chicago in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, with her two sons to take a new job. She was in a new city on her own. It was good, though, said Johnson, until her sons’ childcare center had to close temporarily because of the pandemic.


Misericordia opens new drive-thru bakery and cafe

For many years, Mercy Sister Rosemary Connelly, former longtime head of Misericordia Home, wanted a drive-thru bakery where her residents could work and interact with the community.


Climate change topic of youth summit at St. Viator

Climate change and what can be done about it were the topics of the day when over 60 students from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet gathered for a Youth Climate Summit on April 9 at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights.


Pope tells Russian patriarch they are not 'clerics of the state'

Warning that the Russian Orthodox patriarch should not "turn himself into Putin's altar boy," Pope Francis also said he would like to go to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin in an attempt to end the conflict in Ukraine.

Annual Via Crucis returns after pandemic

Parishes throughout the archdiocese mark Good Friday by holding a Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, through their neighborhoods. During the pandemic, many were put on hold but this year many returned for Good Friday April 15, 2022. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Melrose Park held their Via Crucis indoors because of a threat of bad weather. St. Mary of the Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish held its first procession in decades. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Cardinal urges reflection on ‘weighty moral question’ of capital punishment

Marking Good Friday, the most solemn day in the church calendar, Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory of Washington venerated the cross of Jesus and urged the faithful to “consider carefully the impact that capital punishment has on us as a society. On this day, when we must all acknowledge that we have all been set free through the death of one who was truly and perfectly innocent, should we not consider working for a society made more humane by disallowing yet one more act of violence?” he asked.