| Jan 25, 2014
| 9:08 AM
At an anti-abortion rally last Sunday, Cardinal Francis George proclaimed to a downtown crowd of thousands that culture and societies can change.
"Because you tell the truth, the pro-life movement can come in from the cold," said Chicago's shivering...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 9:29 AM
The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has bypassed the normal procedures for canonization and named an early member of his own order as a saint, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
Fr. Peter Faber (Pierre Favre), the newly named saint,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I applaud Chicago attorney Chris Connors' recent decision to donate the Internet domain name popefrancis.com to the new pontiff. While it's not clear if church officials will accept Connors' offer, they have said the pope will most definitely have a...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:17 PM
During a four-hour visit to a church near Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis shared with parishioners some of the finer points of his résumé, including a stint working as a bouncer.
The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, reported that the pope told a...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 7:24 AM
Pope Francis, who's become known for being frugal and down to earth, must be blushing. The pontiff's Q rating is soaring with his status as Time's Person of the Year and the results of two new popularity polls.
U.S. Catholics approve of the pope more...
| Oct 19, 2013
When a statewide immigrant-rights coalition endorsed same-sex marriage this past spring, 11 groups were given a stark choice by a Roman Catholic anti-poverty program: Leave the coalition or lose their Catholic funding.
Eight of the groups decided to...
| Nov 15, 2013
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for "exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage" at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill into law...
| Nov 24, 2013
The glimmer of hope came in a letter from her priest published in the parish bulletin. Since then, Virginia Mann, a sporadic churchgoer for more than 40 years, hasn't missed a weekly Mass at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Lincoln Square.
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:41 PM
Heads likely won't spin and demons probably won't hover as Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield offers prayers for exorcism Wednesday in opposition to Gov. Pat Quinn's planned signing of Illinois' same-sex marriage bill....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The life-size sculpture of a homeless man on a bench, with all but his feet shrouded by a blanket, is intended to get the attention of anyone who takes a seat there.
But closer examination reveals the most striking detail in the figure's exposed feet...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:34 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Religious groups opposed to gay marriage rallied Wednesday at the Capitol to encourage lawmakers to reject a measure that would grant same-sex couples the right to marry in Illinois.
The gathering came one day after gay marriage...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:37 AM
The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a man now in his early 20s who alleged he was repeatedly sexually abused by a notorious former pastor of a West Side Catholic church about a decade ago, the man's attorneys...