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Pope Francis to meet with college students in virtual event hosted by Loyola University of Chicago

Pope Francis is expected to virtually meet with some college students next month for a conversation on pressing issues facing the Catholic Church and world.

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Chicago Catholic Archdiocese consolidates parishes in Evergreen Park

The move is part of the church’s ongoing restructuring that was launched in 2016 to address declines in membership.

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Archdiocese combines parishes on West and South sides and south suburbs

The consolidations are part of the church’s ongoing restructuring program that was launched in 2016 to address declines in membership.

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Parishioner keeps fighting to get Old Town’s St. Michael’s to ban homeless man who attacked woman in church

After Donald F. Johnson’s conviction, a judge ordered him to stay away for two years. But then he returned. Fighting to ban him, attorney Patricia Dillon says he threatened her.

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Benedictine monks cut ties with Benet Academy months after school hired coach in same-sex marriage

The chancellor of Benet Academy said in September he was "deeply troubled" by the school’s decision to hire a girls lacrosse coach in a same-sex marriage.

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Rapid spread of COVID-19 leads some Chicago churches to make virtual plans for New Year’s Eve, January

The surge of coronavirus cases comes as some African American churches prepare to honor Watch Night, or Freedom’s Eve, during New Year’s Eve religious services.

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Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace winner and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 90

The buoyant, blunt-spoken clergyman used his pulpit as the first Black bishop of Johannesburg and later the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town as well as frequent public demonstrations to galvanize public opinion against racial inequity, both at home and globally.

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Muslim organization fires leader for working with anti-Muslim group

The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Ohio said executive and legal director Romin Iqbal was informed of his termination Tuesday, following an investigation by an independent forensic expert ordered by its national headquarters.

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After 52 years, Sister Rosemary Connelly has stepped down as head of Misericordia Home

Connelly said she is set to become the chairman of the newly created Misericordia Foundation.

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Pastor Corey Brooks is sleeping in the cold for 100 days — a decade after his 1st rooftop campout — to fight violence

The South Side pastor — who is encouraging CEOs and others to join him this time — is seeking to raise $35 million for a new community resource center.

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Paris archbishop who had ‘ambiguous’ relationship with woman resigns

Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement Thursday that he offered to step down "to preserve the diocese from the division that suspicion and loss of trust are continuing to provoke."

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Our Lady of Guadalupe festival returns to Des Plaines shrine

The celebration that draws hundred of thousands of worshippers was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.

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Cardinal Cupich helps hand out turkeys: ‘Giving thanks is something that really ennobles all of us’

More than 500 turkeys were handed out at St. Moses the Black Parish Wednesday on the South Side, Their food pantry is open every Wednesday.

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Rev. William G. ‘Bill’ Kenneally, popular longtime St. Gertrude’s Parish pastor, dead at 85

He pushed Catholic church officials for change, worked for social justice and was known for welcoming all to his North Side church.

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Catholic order found California abuse complaint credible, then moved priest to Chicago, by schools

Rev. Timothy Keppel ended up living next to two Chicago-area schools, records show. His Resurrectionist order didn’t tell either about the accusations he faced. The order also has had other credibly accused clerics living in Chicago.

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Giant Day of the Dead altar in Pilsen pays tribute to those who died during the pandemic

Isabel Hernandez created a 15-foot tall altar featuring hundreds of relatives of those who live in Pilsen.

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Biden: Pope said he should ‘keep receiving communion’

President Joe Biden’s support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage has has put him at odds with many U.S. bishops, some of whom have suggested he should be denied Communion.

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Pritzker will be ‘proud to sign’ repeal of ‘harmful’ decades old law requiring parental notification of child’s abortion 

Legislators in the state House voted to repeal the notification law late Wednesday, sending the measure to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. Anti-abortion groups on Thursday denounced the move as "simply appalling"

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330,000 victims of sex abuse within France’s Catholic Church: Report

The figure includes abuses committed by some 3,000 priests and other people involved in the church — wrongdoing that Catholic authorities covered up over decades in a "systemic manner."

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Camp run by Catholic religious order had 5 staffers later accused of child sex abuse

Camp Tivoli, run by Norbertine priests in Wisconsin for more than 50 years, attracted numerous children from the Chicago region. It also attracted clergy as counselors and administrators who were alleged child molesters.

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Chicago archdiocese announces merger of parishes in Cicero and Berwyn

The move is part of the Renew My Church initiative, which has combined parishes to address declines in membership.

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US faith leaders recall Sikh’s bias killing post Sept. 11

9/11 released a dangerous wave of white supremacy and Islamophobia that continues to manifest in attacks on members of a variety of belief traditions. But religious leaders say Sept. 11 also broadened, diversified and solidified interfaith movements.

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God doesn’t want you to read this

Not every Jew went to synagogue on Yom Kippur Thursday. Some wrote their columns.

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Osage Nation’s ‘Picture Cave’ in Missouri sold at auction, thwarting plan to preserve ‘our most sacred site’

‘Like auctioning off the Sistine Chapel.’ an expert who studied the site west of St. Louis and wrote a book on it says. The auction house says the buyer can’t exploit the cave.

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Unidentified Holocaust victim laid to rest after remains were found in the former Warsaw Ghetto

‘We are here as the family for a person we don’t know,’ Poland Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich said as the bones, wrapped in white cloth, were laid to rest.

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Rev. David Ryan reinstated as pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Lake Zurich, archdiocese says sexual abuse allegations ‘unfounded’

Ryan was asked to step away from pastoral duties last November following accusations he sexually abused minors about 25 years ago.

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Jacqueline Jackson released from hospital after being treated in ICU with coronavirus

Her husband, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., was still undergoing occupational and physical therapy at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, his son said in a statement.

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Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 91, pleads ‘not guilty’ to sex assault, told ‘Shame on you’

McCarrick — the only U.S. Catholic cardinal ever charged with child sex crimes — is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy nearly 50 years ago during the teenager’s brother’s wedding reception.

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How Nate Lindstrom’s death by suicide spurred a push for more accountability on clergy sexual abuse

No charges were filed against the 3 Norbertine order priests he accused — including a man convicted twice of sex crimes. But his death helped spur a broader investigation by Wisconsin’s attorney general.

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Historic Edgewater church for sale; neighbors worry about what will come next

Unable to afford upkeep, Epworth United Methodist is looking for a new owner for its 130-year-old building, which also is home to a homeless shelter.

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Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen

McCarrick is the first cardinal in the U.S. to ever be criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor, according to Mitchell Garabedian, a well-known lawyer for church sexual abuse victims.

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Chicago-born bishop talks of Catholic church’s ‘racial divide’

Edward K. Braxton, bishop emeritus of downstate Belleville and one of the few African American bishops in the Roman Catholic Church, discusses race in the Catholic Church and how regular people can help.