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Local Catholics, groups cheer court decision

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 30 that for-profit companies whose owners have religious objections to contraception cannot be compelled to pay for contraceptive coverage for their female employees, Christopher and Mary Anne Yep cheered.

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  1. Local Catholics mark Fortnight for Freedom with prayer

    Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago had several opportunities to participate in Fortnight for Freedom events.
  2. Thank you for your service

    With this issue, the Catholic New World salutes and thanks the religious men and women who have devoted their lives to serving the people of God. In the following pages, we honor hundreds of teachers, nurses, chaplains and parish priests who have given anywhere from 25 to 80 years in service of the Lord. Join us in offering them our thanks.
  3. Campaign retains new fundraising firm

    More than a year after its launch, the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign has retained a new fundraising firm, CCS Fundraising, to help achieve its $350 million goal.
  4. Pope meets sex abuse victims, asks for forgiveness

    Vatican City — Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.”

  5. Vatican formally recognizes international association of exorcists

    Vatican City (CNS) —The Vatican formally recognized an international association of exorcists founded by Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, an Italian priest renowned for his work in dispelling demons.

  6. Vatican budgets for 2013 show surplus of 8.5 million euros

    Vatican City (CNS) — The Vatican’s final budget figures for 2013 showed a deficit on the part of the Roman Curia, but a strong performance by entities falling under the separate Vatican City State budget covered the deficit and helped the Vatican end the year 8.5 million euros ($11.6 million) in the black.

  7. New Church for St. Raphael the Archangel Parish

    Parishioners from St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Antioch escorted the Eucharist in procession from the former church on 173rd to the new church being built at 40000 North U.S. Highway 45 in Old Mill Creek on June 28.
  8. Nativity of St. John the Baptist

    Illinois Area Knights and Dames of both the American and Federal Associations of the Order of Malta gathered together at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago to celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on June 20.
  9. Eucharistic Procession for Fortnight for Freedom

    A eucharistic procession through downtown began at St. Peters Church in the Loop as part of a Fortnight for Freedom event in the Archdiocese of Chicago on June 25.

The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

Cardianl's Schedule and Clergy Appointments

Cardinal George was on vacation at press time so there is not a column for this week.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Monday, July 21, 2014

    Kindergarten Teacher on Air

    Mary, Seat of Wisdom School in Park Ridge announced that long-time Kindergarten teacher and Religion Coordinator for the school, Mrs. Sandy Solari, was invited to be a speaker on the Archdiocese of Chicago's July 16th morning show Catholic Community of Faith.

  2. Monday, July 21, 2014

    Good Shepherd Parish member Luis Fernando Iniguez has taken first vows as a Capuchin friar

    Good Shepherd Parish (2735 S. Kolin Ave.) member Luis Fernando Iniguez, has taken first vows as a Capuchin friar.

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  • 5 Minutes with Father

    By Dolores Madlener

    Challenge of city or army, priesthood is 'great adventure'

    He is: Father Matthew (Matt) Foley, pastor of St. James Parish, Arlington Heights. Former pastor of St. Agnes of Bohemia in Little Village; former pastor of Santiago Apostol in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. Former U.S. Army military chaplain serving four combat deployments to Afghanistan. Ordained at Mundelein in 1989.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Threads to the past

    I’m wearing my grandmother’s socks. They are black, a little thick, cotton and some kind of stretch fiber. The kind that probably came six pairs to a pack.

  • Like Peter, we are called to serve as ‘unfailing rock of faith’

    July 13: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Is 55:10-11; Ps 65:10-14; Rom 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23 or Mt 13:1-9
    How’s Jason doing these days?” I asked the young man’s mother shortly after he’d graduated from college.
    “Oh, he’s fine, except he doesn’t go to church,” she replied. “He hasn’t since he left home. I don’t understand what happened.”

  • Coolest idea —

    When the lazy days of summer, or cabin-fever days of winter hit — men have baseball and Da Bears. Women at St. Ann Parish (Lansing) have “Scrap & Stitch.” According to parishioner Jennifer Gray, their women-bonding marathon idea began four years ago. It’s a weekend in January and one in June.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    ‘The Fault’ and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    John Green’s novel “The Fault in Our Stars” has proven to be wildly popular among young adults in the English-speaking world, and the recently released film adaptation of the book has garnered both impressive reviews and a massive audience.

  1. Monastery of the Holy Cross Altar Dedication

    Cardinal George joined the Benedictine monks on the south side to dedicate the restored high altar at Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3111 S. Aberdeen St., on June 28.