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Lawyer says $8 million settlement reached with Chicago Archdiocese over priest abuse 

A Chicago law firm announced the out-of-court settlement involving former Rev. John Calicott, who was accused of sexually abusing a boy in the 1990s.

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Retired celebrity priest George Clements accused of sex abuse in 1970s

The archdiocese said the alleged abuse occurred in 1974 while Clements served as pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Bronzeville. The priest said the accusation is "totally unfounded."

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Chicago Catholic Charities’ CEO steps down after 30 years with the agency

Monsignor Michael Boland will leave his position Aug. 16, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced.

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Rev. Nicholas A. Marro, team chaplain who helped motivate 1985 Bears before Super Bowl win, dead at 84

Walter Payton, Steve McMichael and other players would line up before games to ask for a blessing from ‘Father Nick.’

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Will cemetery zoning scare off developers eyeing St. Adalbert’s property?

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez proposes to rezone the church land to prevent condo development. The Archdiocese says the building needs over $3 million of repairs.

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Bridgeport priest accused of sexual abuse removed from ministry

The archdiocese said it wasn’t known if the person accusing Pastor William McFarlane was a minor in 1997 at the time of the alleged abuse, which was before McFarlane entered the seminary.

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Rev. Lawrence J. Malcolm, beloved Oak Lawn priest renowned for his baking, has died at 74

‘The heavenly aroma would drift up to the parishioners during mass’ when he whipped up the breads and goodies that people flocked to ‘buy like crazy’ at church fundraisers.

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Last Mass at St. Adalbert Parish in Pilsen set for July

The historic church will cease to be a "sacred space" on July 15, a day after its last Mass is scheduled to be held.

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Cardinal Cupich: Priest reinstated to Lake View church after allegation of sex abuse ‘unfounded’

Following investigations by civil and church authorities, Rev. Patrick Lee will return to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

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Pope endorses former slave for sainthood: Rev. Tolton began ministry in Chicago before becoming 1st black priest in U.S.

‘Fr. Tolton’s holiness comes from his patient suffering, his brave spirit and his pastoral heart for all who came to him,’ the Archdiocese of Chicago said.

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Chicago-based Arab American group calls state police surveillance ‘discriminatory’

The Arab American Action Network wants a judge to force state police to release the information it has collected.

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South Side woman celebrates 100th birthday: ‘I’m glad I made it’

Groziela Clark "has shown us all how to live life to the fullest," said Sean Howard of Sweet Holy Spirit Church; Clark has been a member more than 25 years.

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Jewish graves lie neglected, toppled on the South Side: ‘It’s an eyesore’

The synagogues that oversee the cemetery say it’s too expensive to provide anything but minimal maintenance.

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Pfleger denies Holocaust museum visit tied to Cupich rebuke

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, who unveiled a new anti-violence campaign Wednesday, said he’d already accepted an offer from the museum before Cardinal Blase Cupich released his statement.

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Pfleger to visit Holocaust museum after cardinal’s rebuke

The St. Sabina pastor is expected to go to the Skokie museum in "late June."

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Rabbi looking to surveillance video to help solve arson attempt on North Side

The attempted arson happened over the weekend at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation.

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Archdiocese opposes legal pot — so does drug firm where top church executive works

Betsy Bohlen received $145,000 in compensation while on the board of Insys Therapeutics, an embattled pharmaceutical company that has said legal marijuana could hurt its profits.

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Oklahoma jury: Woman guilty of killing daughter by forcing crucifix down throat

Police found Geneva Gomez lying inside her mother's home, arms spread out as if she'd been crucified; a large crucifix was on her chest.

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Cupich apologizes to ‘my Jewish brothers and sisters’ after Farrakhan speech

Farrakhan "smeared the Jewish people, using a combination of thinly veiled discriminatory rhetoric and outright slander," Cardinal Blase Cupich said.

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Emanuel on faith, its influence on decision not to run: ‘I’m totally at peace’

The mayor talked about his faith after an iftar meal with local Muslims. He said his faith didn't play a role in the decision not to seek re-election.

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Holocaust survivor blasts Pfleger for giving Farrakhan ‘platform for hatred’

Louis Farrakhan was offered an opportunity to speak at St. Sabina Catholic Church on the South Side.

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New Vatican law requires that priests, nuns report sex abuse, cover-up

The new church law provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report.

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan shutdown on Facebook not surprising

While the Nation of Islam called the ban "completely unjustified," they really should have seen it coming given comments Farrakhan made about Jews.

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Emanuel adds 12 Catholic high schools to Star Scholarship program

The Star Scholarship covers tuition and books at Chicago’s seven City Colleges for up to three years.

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Ramadan: Things to know about the Muslim holy month

Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims, is set to begin Sunday.

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Trump says violence, terrorism against people of all faiths must end

President Donald Trump says people of faith around the world have faced terrible hardship of late.

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‘Momentum’ building in Chicago Catholic schools despite enrollment losses

About 71,000 students are enrolled at Catholic schools in the Chicago area, a 2 percent decline compared to last school year.

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Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of Easter attacks

International intelligence agencies warned of the attacks several times starting April 4. It was not immediately clear what action was taken.

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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 93rd birthday on Easter Sunday

The queen is marking Easter by attending a service with other senior royals, including Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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Notre Dame parishioners displaced on Easter, attend services that honor crews

The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral, praying Sunday at a special Easter Mass for a swift reconstruction of the beloved monument.

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Pfleger: Values askew when Puerto Rico, Flint suffer as Notre Dame gets millions

"It’s Easter, which is about resurrection, and I think we need to re-evaluate our values," said Rev. Michael Pfleger.

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Crowd celebrates Good Friday in the Loop

The Way of the Cross, Downtown Chicago held a silent procession from the Daley Center to Holy Name Cathedral Friday to observe Good Friday.