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From the Chicago archdiocese and its Catholic schools, to the rich diversity of religions across the city, the Sun-Times has you covered.

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Pilsen alderman moves to designate St. Adalbert’s as a Chicago Landmark

In a letter to city officials, Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez said the "designation process should begin immediately."

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New mental health care center opened on West Side

The Encompassing Center will provide mental health services to East and West Garfield Park, North Lawndale and the Near West Side.

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Chicago South Side architecture: an excerpt from Lee Bey’s new book ‘Southern Exposure’

Stony Island Church of Christ, Liberty Baptist Church, First Church of Deliverance and St. Gabriel Catholic Church are among the standouts, the former Sun-Times architecture critic writes.

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Trump v. Jesus: Christians can’t follow both

"If you are followers of Jesus, you can’t ignore what Jesus said," said Rev. Jim Wallis, who was educated in Deerfield and returns to the area for appearances this weekend.

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What is Rosh Hashanah and why is it celebrated?

This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday, Sept. 29, and ends two days later at sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Here’s what the Jewish holiday means.

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Chicago prays: Let us not be Bible-thumped

Wheaton College students are worried about their right to browbeat anyone enjoying the Bean. What about our right to be left unmolested by evangelists?

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Wheaton College students sue city, say Millennium Park security restricted their religious activities

The students — all members of Wheaton College’s Chicago Evangelism Team — announced the lawsuit Wednesday, claiming Millennium Park’s rules "severely hinder First Amendment rights for all within a public forum."

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DCFS launches 24 investigations into abuse allegations against priests that it failed to look into before

DCFS has hired former federal prosecutor Steven Block to conduct an independent investigation on how the agency handled notifications from the archdiocese about clergy abuse allegations.

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Chicago-area man claims former head of home for troubled kids sexually abused him

Clarence E. George Jr., who alleges that the Rev. John P. Smyth sexually abused him, is suing the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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A database of FBI files on people with Chicago and Illinois ties

The Sun-Times has compiled a database of FBI records on notable people with ties to Illinois, including politicians, gangsters and religious leaders. Keep checking back for updates.

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Chicago artist William Walker made a mark on the city and the nation, author writes

His public art has had a lasting impact, demonstrating that people have the power to use culture as a weapon in, as MLK put it, ‘the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world,’ according to writer Jeff W. Huebner.

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FBI records reveal one Catholic bishop’s views on race, another’s taste for angel food cake

The agency kept tabs on Chicago Cardinal John Cody and his views on MLK, and its files on Catholic Bishop Fulton Sheen were filled with details about what he did, the people he saw and even what he liked to eat.

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Catholics welcome religious statue from Mexico, highlight U.S. immigration policies

From Thursday through Sunday, the statue of Our Lady of San Juan de Los Lagos will be taken to three churches in the Humboldt Park and Hermosa neighborhoods.

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Auction date set for properties once controlled by Rev. Leon Finney Jr.

It will feature 15 properties across the South Side owned by the Woodlawn Community Development Corporation, which is now in bankruptcy.

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Northwest Side Greek church sold; congregation must move by year’s end

Faithful have flocked to Holy Trinity Hellenic Orthodox Church since two glistening streaks were seen beneath the eyes of a painting of the Virgin Mary.

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‘Tears’ of the Virgin Mary draws faithful to Northwest Side church

The church is about $8 million in debt, in foreclosure, and unless a lot of money can be raised quickly, the building will be sold, said the pastor, Father Nick Jonas.

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Decades in the public eye earned Rev. Leon Finney Jr. respect — and reproach

Starting out as a community organizer in Woodlawn on the South Side, Finney has long moved comfortably through the halls of power. At 81, he still has the ear — and respect — of some of the city’s most influential people.

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Rev. Leon Finney Jr.’s free fall

For decades, the Rev. Leon Finney Jr. won praise from Chicago politicians and appointments to powerful public posts. In just 10 years, his nonprofits got more than $20 million in taxpayer money while managing about a quarter of the city’s public housing. Now, he faces allegations of fraud and self-dealing.

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Labor goes to church: Arise Chicago connects religious values to worker rights

The program is placing speakers this Labor Day weekend at about 112 services throughout Cook County. In keeping with its expansion into synagogues and mosques, it’s now called ‘Labor in the Pulpit/on the Bima/in the Minbar.’

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Lawsuit claims DMV rule about head coverings violates religious, civil liberties

The lawsuit’s plaintiff said she felt pressured to sign the form last year at a driver’s license facility in Rockford, and now fears losing her license if she’s seen without a head covering.

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Raoul urged to subpoena Catholic church about sexual abuse allegations

Advocates for victims of priest sexual abuse were also critical of a recent private meeting between the Illinois attorney general and Cardinal Blase Cupich.

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Pritzker backs Planned Parenthood in opposing federal family planning program over new Trump policy

The program in question distributes about $260 million a year to clinics around the country to provide family planning services to an estimated 4 million people, primarily lower-income individuals.

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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.