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It's official! Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year.

Latest News

  1. Parishes take to the streets to bring peace to the city

    As gun violence in Chicago continues to make national news, Catholic parishes are continuing to do what they can to prevent shootings and to help those affected.
  2. Those who volunteer more likely to consider vocations Many Catholic volunteer programs make a good fit for those discerning religious life

    If women’s religious congregations want to find young women with religious vocations, the Catholic Volunteer Network has a simple suggestion: look among our volunteers.
  3. For the Caswells, vocations run in the family

    When you hear about three religious vocations from one family, a certain picture comes to mind, a picture of generations steeped in the faith, of aunts who are religious sisters and uncles who are priests, a family heritage that reaches back to a bastion of Catholicism.
  4. Book: When Catholic schools close communities suffer

    Catholic schools are educational and community institutions whose benefits extend beyond the classroom. When a Catholic school closes in a distressed urban environment, crime goes up and social cohesion goes down.
  5. Feeding the poor for 20 years, one sandwich at a time

    Twice a month for the past 20 years, the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Zachary Parish in Des Plaines has made sandwiches for the hungry and homeless.

  6. Two books take different approaches to lead people to Jesus

    Jesuit Father James Martin, a noted author and media commentator, in “Jesus: A Pilgrimage” takes the reader on a remarkable journey of discovering what he calls “his” Jesus, concluding with an invitation that we undertake a similar pilgrimage to find our own Jesus.

  7. Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of Mosul

    Vatican City — As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace.

  8. Votes fall short to move Senate bill forward in response to Hobby Lobby

    Washington (CNS) — The U.S. Senate July 16 voted to block consideration of a bill aimed at reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and forcing businesses to provide contraceptive coverage for employees even if they object to it on religious grounds.
  9. Local documentarian wins national ‘Imagine+Nation’ video contest

    Denver (CNS) — Winners have been chosen in the first-ever “Imagine+Nation” video contest jointly sponsored by Dynamic Catholic and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.
  10. Bill that would overturn any restrictions on abortion termed ‘radical’

    Washington (CNS) — A Senate bill that would make it unlawful to restrict abortion services or the facilities that provide them is “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.
  11. Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin

    Vatican City (CNS) — Going by the pseudonym “X,” Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th century.
  12. Annual Novena in Honor of Saint Anne

    For the nine days leading up to July 26, hundreds of people gather at Our Lady of Fatima Parish and its Shrine of St. Anne.

  13. Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Festival

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish's annual festival honoring their church's patron draws thousands from the Italian-American community for a novena, Masses, processions and a festival. Numerous families construct the memorials for deceased loved ones and participate in the procession each year.



The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

Eucharist and evangelization

Recent popes have often reminded all of us that we are called to preach the Gospel everywhere. The tag word now is the “new evangelization.” Telling the world who Christ is has been the mission of the church for 2,000 years. It will continue to be her mission until Christ returns in glory to judge the living and the dead.


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

    Our Lady used a baseball player to fuel his vocation

    He is: Scalabrini Father Nicholas “Nick” Marro. Former pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, Melrose Park. Pastor of Santa Lucia-Santa Maria Incoronata Parish since 1990. Unofficial Catholic chaplain to the Chicago Bears from 1984-2011. Celebrated his golden jubilee in 2013.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    What's the buzz?

    Some jobs are just more immediately satisfying than others. That's what I was thinking as I spent a sunny Saturday scraping old paint off the garage trim, getting ready to put a new coat of paint on.

  • Knowing that God works for our good can get us through hardship

    July 27: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130; Rom 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-52 or Mt 13:44-46
    Camp Fort Worth is a service ministry camp for teens in the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. In effect, it is a mission trip at home.

  • You can do it —

    Among the book awards Pauline Books & Media took home from the recent Catholic Press Association Media Conference was first place in the Family Life category. And the winner is: “When Parents Divorce or Separate,” a book by Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski. The author speaks as a counselor and from experiencing her parents’ divorce when she was 11.

  • 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. 2014 Annual Ramadan Dinner

    Cardinal George spoke at the annual Iftar hosted by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and the Downtown Islamic Center in Bensenville on July 15.

  2. Nightfever at St. Alphonsus

    Nightfever, an evening of adoration, reconciliation, music and silence, was held at St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W. Wellington, on July 19. Nightfever is an international evangelization movement where volunteers approach strangers on the streets and invite them into church to pray. Previous Nightfevers were held at Holy Name Cathedral.