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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Illinois governor launches national fundraising organization to stump for abortion access

Oct 19, 2023

By Matt McDonald

Think Big America is “dedicated to safeguarding reproductive rights and standing up against the right-wing extremists who want to take... Read more

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt at the first round game of the NCAA Tournament in Dallas on March 15, 2018.

104-year-old ‘Sister Jean’ throws out first pitch at Chicago Cubs game

Aug 29, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt belongs to the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a sports chaplain... Read more

Photo courtesy of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Ill.

Chicago suburb is home to a major Guadalupe shrine

Dec 12, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Marian devotion is intense among the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago

Pastor says priest 'misspoke' when he alleged Cardinal Cupich stopped public prayers after Mass

Aug 28, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, allegedly ordered a priest to cease praying the Prayer to St. Michael and the... Read more

Video footage of the Aug. 19, 2021 funeral Mass for fallen Chicago police officer Ella French shows Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot returning from receiving Communion from Fr. Dan Brandt, a Catholic chaplain for the Chicago Police Department.

Police chaplain 'mortified' he mistakenly gave Chicago mayor Communion at Officer Ella French’s funeral

"You know something, I am to blame for that and I am mortified," Fr. Dan Brandt told CNA Friday, explaining... Read more

Bishop John R. Manz, pictured in 2012.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of 75-year-old Chicago auxiliary bishop

Jul 1, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop John R. Manz celebrated 50 years as a priest and 25 years as a bishop in May. Read more

Sister Stephanie Baliga of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago runs a marathon on a treadmill in 2020.

Chicago's Running Nun talks about faith and sport

Apr 18, 2021

Through the Chicago marathon, Sister Stephanie Baliga and her team have raised more than $1.1M for her community's outreach to... Read more

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

Father Michael Pfleger, activist Chicago priest, faces claim of abusing minor

Jan 5, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The outspoken activist Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger faces an allegation that he sexually abused a minor over 40 years... Read more

St. Mary of Perpetual Help-All Saints-St. Anthony Parish.

Chicago parish, Mary statue tagged with graffiti

Nov 9, 2020

A historic Chicago parish was tagged with graffiti over the weekend, and a statue of the Virgin Mary on the... Read more

Bishop-elect Robert J. Lombardo, CFR. Courtesy photo

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal co-founder among Chicago’s new auxiliary bishops

Sep 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Friday appointed three auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Chicago, including one of the founders of the religious... Read more

Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune op-ed: Public schools can learn from Catholics in handling sex abuse

Jul 2, 2019

After an investigative series by the Chicago Tribune uncovered numerous cases of sexual abuse and cover-up in the city’s public... Read more

‘Broken Mary’ procession in Chicago.

From a dumpster to the head of a procession: The story of 'Broken Mary'

Jun 7, 2019

By Mary Farrow

On Friday, May 31, four lanes of traffic on a major thoroughfare in the city of Chicago shut down for... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.

Cupich denounces pastor's decision to host Nation of Islam leader

May 11, 2019

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago is distancing himself from the decision of a pastor who invited controversial preacher Louis Farrakhan... Read more

Gay Lesbian Pride Rainbow Flags on Church Building in City.

Chicago priest removed 'temporarily' following rainbow flag burning

Sep 25, 2018

By Ed Condon

According to the archdiocese, Fr. Paul Kalchik has “left willingly” from his Chicago parish “to receive pastoral care.”  Read more

Fr. Michael Pfleger leads an anti-violence protest shutting down the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago, July 7, 2018.

Chicago priest leads protest against gun-violence, shutting down expressway

Jul 9, 2018

Thousands of marchers joined Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger to protest gun violence on Saturday, shutting down more than a... Read more

L'Alto Catholic Institute. Courtesy photo.

Chicago discipleship building group coming to three new cities

Apr 26, 2018

By Perry West

Originally created as an organization to form disciples in the Chicago area, L’Alto Catholic Institute is now expanding to three... Read more

Chicago's deep freeze continues with single-digit temperatures.

How Catholic Charities is helping the homeless during the 'bomb cyclone'

Jan 5, 2018

By Perry West

Record-breaking cold temperatures and snowfall in the eastern United States this week have delayed flights, cancelled school, and closed workplaces.  Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to Chicago: Let peace heal your city

Apr 4, 2017

As violence continues to plague the city of Chicago, Pope Francis has sent words of encouragement, solidarity and hope to... Read more

Cardinal Francis George.

Cardinal George admitted to hospital for tests, evaluation

Mar 4, 2015

After being dropped from a cancer drug trial over a month ago, Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has... Read more

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, at a press conference at the NAC on Feb. 27, 2013.

Retiring Cardinal George opens up on faith, freedom and death

Nov 18, 2014

As he enters retirement, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago noted the importance of living faith in the truth, reflecting on... Read more