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Kevin Birmingham, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, passed away in his sleep Oct. 2, 2023, at age 51.

Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Kevin Birmingham, 51, passes away in sleep

Oct 2, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Bishop Kevin Birmingham’s fellow auxiliary bishop Jeffrey Grob described the late prelate as “genuine, personable, funny, and pastoral.” Read more

Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Ill., mother church of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Credit: Edlane De Mattos/Shutterstock.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of two Chicago auxiliary bishops

Sep 19, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Auxiliary Bishops Andrew P. Wypych and Joseph N. Perry will step down after the Holy Father accepted their resignations. Read more

Mass at Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus Parish in Chicago.

Parish named for Sts. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus keeps the faith on Chicago’s South Side

Jul 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A parish under the three siblings’ patronage celebrates unity as it marks the July 29 feast day of the three... Read more

Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Ill., mother church of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Credit: Edlane De Mattos/Shutterstock.

Illinois AG report says nearly 2,000 were victims of clergy sex abuse over 70-year span

May 23, 2023

By Tyler Arnold, Kevin J. Jones

The report released May 23 covers allegations from 1950 through 2019 within Illinois’ six Catholic dioceses. Read more

Father Michael Pfleger / Photo: Daniel X. O'Neil CC BY 2.0

Chicago’s Father Michael Pfleger reinstated to ministry 

Dec 12, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Pfleger, a famous Chicago priest known for his social justice activism, has now been exonerated on four different sexual abuse... Read more


Sunday Mass obligation re-instituted for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Nov 8, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The restoration of the Sunday Mass obligation goes into effect on Nov. 26 and 27, the First Sunday of Advent. Read more


Chicago Catholics bury the remains of indigent adults and unborn babies in annual ceremony

Nov 1, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

“We come here to mourn the loss of 202 souls … who were in need of a sense of compassion... Read more

Fr. Michael Pfleger      Credit: Marie Kanger Born/Shutterstock

Chicago parish community defends Father Pfleger after his suspension for alleged abuse

Oct 18, 2022

By Jonah McKeown, Joe Bukuras

During an Oct. 16 Mass at St. Sabina Faith Community in Chicago, the celebrant and the community expressed support for... Read more

Father Michael Pfleger / Photo: Daniel X. O'Neil CC BY 2.0

Chicago’s Father Michael Pfleger removed from ministry over new sexual abuse allegations

Oct 16, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Father Michael Pfleger, senior pastor at St. Sabina parish and a well-known social activist, will live away from his parish... Read more

A community Carols and Candles event at the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 16, 2017.

Public Masses suspended at Chicago's Shrine of Christ the King

Aug 4, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A prominent Chicago church which is home to a Traditional Latin Mass religious institute announced the end of all public... Read more

Pro-abortion protesters are escorted from Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chicago, June 26, 2022.

Pro-abortion protesters disrupted Mass at Catholic church in Chicago

Jul 7, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Pro-abortion protesters were quickly escorted out of a Mass last month at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chicago, according to... Read more

First responders take away victims from the scene of a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois. At least six people were killed and 19 injured, according to published reports.

Local 22-year-old man in custody in July Fourth parade shooting in Illinois

Jul 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Authorities identified the suspect as Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, who they believe is driving a silver Honda Fit. Read more

Alex Shingleton and Landon Duyka deliver a 'Gospel reflection' during Mass at Old St. Patrick's in Chicago, Ill., June 19, 2022.

Can laity preach at Mass? Chicago parish offers pulpit to same-sex couple

Jun 22, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Chicago Catholic parish is facing questions after the pastor allowed a couple in a same-sex marriage to offer a... Read more

Father Terrence M. Keehan, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness, Illinois, using a guitar to give the final blessing at a Mass livestreamed on Feb. 13, 2022.

You saw the guitar blessing? There was more to that Mass that you missed

Feb 23, 2022

By Joe Bukuras, Shannon Mullen

A tweeted video clip of a priest using a guitar to bless the congregation at the end of Mass sparked... Read more

M. Jacob "Doc" Mathius, the former principal of Queen of Martyrs School in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Chicago-area Catholic principal who defied mask mandate won't return to school, pastor says

Feb 17, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A principal at a Catholic school who was placed on leave after he defied the Archdiocese of Chicago's mask mandate... Read more


Archdiocese of Chicago shifts course on school mask mandate

Feb 10, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic schools across much of the Archdiocese of Chicago (but not in the city of Chicago) can now make masks... Read more

Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago

Chicago archdiocese announces new groupings from parish mergers

Feb 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

As part of its “Renew My Church” initiative the Archdiocese of Chicago recently announced 12 new parish groupings. By July,... Read more


Chicago archdiocese will continue to require masks in schools, while other Illinois dioceses drop requirement 

Feb 7, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Following an Illinois judge’s Friday ruling that nullified a statewide mask mandate for schools, the superintendent of schools for the... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, under whose canonical authority the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius are.

Chicago priests serving in Springfield will celebrate Novus Ordo on First Sundays

Jan 26, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has instituted regulations on members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius serving... Read more

St. John Cantius parish in Chicago, Ill.

St John Cantius parish in Chicago seeks to reassure faithful amid changes

Jan 21, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The priests of Chicago’s St. John Cantius parish have pledged both continued support for their parishioners and obedience to the... Read more