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Catholic News

'Best kept secret of Vatican II' is revealed

ROMEOVILLE - About one month short of the exact 40-year anniversary of the promulgation of Gaudium et Spes - the Pastoral Constitution on the Church i...

Educators rally for Catholic schools

ROMEOVILLE - In an effort to foster communication between school board members, teachers and administrators of Catholic schools, the diocesan Catholic...

Author urges caregivers to preserve personal memories

BOURBONNAIS - Everyone has three types of powerful stories inside - the story of who you are right now, the story you tell and the stories you preserv...

Award-winning mom is proud of biracial family

JOLIET - In the 1950s, the word "family" conjured up a picture-perfect lifestyle, mom cooking dinner, dad smoking a pipe and reading the paper, while ...

Progress chugs along like an old bus

The mother of the movement has been laid to rest. Rosa Parks - whose refusal a half-century ago in Alabama to vacate her seat on the bus for a white m...

Monk makes faith rise through baking

DOWNERS GROVE - A bright yellow toolbox looked out of place next to stainless steel bowls and greased pie tins, but the equipment inside was not meant...

Teens urge peers to use 'Brakes for Brett'

NAPERVILLE - Alfonso Herrera and Kevin Bennett, 16-year-old students at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, signed a yellow paper Oct. 30 at All S...

Book reminds readers: Love is all around

It is seldom that a writer's work is completed after death by another writer who possesses the depth of wisdom and understanding, as does Avis Clenden...

Parish concludes year of the Eucharist

VILLA PARK - To honor the conclusion of the Year of the Eucharist, parishioners gathered Oct. 30 for a special Mass followed by a eucharistic processi...

Parish digs in for new building

AURORA - With many of them clutching shovels twice their size, the group of children attempted to dig holes in the hard, arid soil. One persistent you...

Lebanese parish dedicates church of the Eastern rite

LOMBARD - While the Maronite parish, Our Lady of Lebanon, has been in existence for about 35 years, it wasn't until Oct. 30 that Bishop Robert J. Shah...

Men move one step closer to deacon ordination

ROMEOVILLE - Retired Auxiliary Bishop Roger L. Kaffer presided over the Institution of Readers Oct. 28 at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center in Rome...

Faith Promise event invites support for missioners

OAKBROOK TERRACE - Josephine Mulvihill of Immaculate Conception Parish in Elmhurst was honored for her dedication and commitment to the Joliet Diocese...

Joliet Diocese awaits coadjutor appointment

ROMEOVILLE - With retirement from leadership approaching after nearly 26 years as head of the Diocese of Joliet, Bishop Joseph L. Imesch, 74, said tha...

Award for success points to Coach Sharp

JOLIET - At the last game of the Hilltoppers' regular football season, Coach Dan Sharp was awarded more than another win to add to a lengthy list of a...

Explorer staff collects regional newspaper awards

DeKALB - Drawing from over 900 submissions from 31 member newspapers, Northern Illinois Newspaper Association recognized the Catholic Explorer with fi...

Human rights activists keep their eye on U.S. Army base

CHICAGO - Maryknoll Sister Lelia Mattingly was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., just a month ago for her public p...

Advocates for the mentally ill step out in Kankakee

KANKAKEE - Clearly eager to begin the seventh annual Make a Difference Day walk to raise community awareness about mental illnesses, more than 30 part...

Book program selects 'Pride and Prejudice'

One of the better known beginnings in an English novel is the introduction to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" which reads: "It is a truth universa...

Faith that dares to speak out is loving criticism

In the Chinese printed language, the sign for the word "crisis" can be used almost interchangeably for the word "opportunity." However, people seldom ...

Illinois prepares for veto session

ROMEOVILLE - "In general, there will be a strong desire to move issues quickly," said Robert Gilligan, executive director of Catholic Conference of Il...

Teen eating disorders are reaching tweens

ROMEOVILLE - The expanding waistlines of Americans have led to a $40 billion a year industry that focuses on dieting and diet-related products. The re...

Founding Web institute for priesthood great feat

The status of the priesthood in the Catholic Church today seems to have more minuses than pluses in the view of many, in particular the clergy in the ...

Saving body and soul is an authentic Christian mission

An old Chinese proverb reminds people, "It is better to light one tiny candle than to sit and curse the darkness." Often in life people meet such cand...

Parishes partake in providing relief

"Most people are so touched by this, they want to give more than just a check," said Ginny Lucado, outreach director of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish ...

Warehouses bulge with collections for relief effort

Miles and Amy Boone, parents of five children ranging in age from toddler to teen, were shocked and horrified by the images of Hurricane Katrina. Foll...

Evacuees find refuge in Catholic Charities services

New Orleans and Kankakee are connected by more than the lyrics of the famous song, "The City of New Orleans," by Steve Goodman. The 1970s folk song ab...

Joliet Diocese rallies for relief

ROMEOVILLE - The faithful of the Diocese of Joliet continue to be "good and generous" to those in need, said Bishop Joseph L. Imesch in a recent conve...

Priest finds new ministry in golden years

A book written by a priest who has had a joyful ministry for over 50 years for the Lord and the people of God is happiness indeed. When that same prie...

Truth about trouble helps answer hard questions

This insightful book is sub-titled "How Hard Times Can Draw You Closer to God." The author contends that there's only one good thing about trouble: It...