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Catholic News

KATRINA UPDATE: Joliet Diocese continues relief efforts

ROMEOVILLE - Seven members of the Joliet Diocese wielded hammers Jan. 29- Feb.3 in Houma, La., about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans. The Catholic C...

New Orleans parish delegation visits diocese

NAPERVILLE - Addressing members of Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Naperville, Society of St. Edmund Father Michael Jacques, pastor of St. Peter Cla...

Decline of Christianity calls for validation initiative

ROMEOVILLE - The principles and beliefs of Christianity are not being adequately passed on to the next generation, according to Gil Bailie, an interna...

Home Missions appeal is especially crucial this year

ROMEOVILLE - The rebuilding process in the Diocese of Biloxi, Miss., is going very slowly, said Bishop Thomas J. Rodi during a Jan. 27 telephone conve...

Seeing is believing

Seventeen-year-old Jackie Stillmaker is only a junior in high school but she's already an ambassador. The Des Plaines resident and Maine West High Sch...

University opens arms to cultural exchange

JOLIET - For a little over 10 years, university students from around the Diocese of Joliet have been traveling to Sucre, Bolivia, to do mission work. ...

Physical educators move program by leaps and bounds

ROMEOVILLE - Previous generations of youngsters would melt off those calories with a regular walk home from school and pre-supper game of running base...

Woman finds best of both worlds in family and career

GLEN ELLYN - Carolyn King was featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC Nightly News, based on the perception that she was an outstanding example...

Marching for life is a family affair

ROMEOVILLE - The appeal for more youth involvement was noticeable in the young crowd of pro-lifers from the Joliet Diocese at the 2006 March for Life ...

Parish dedicates hour to life

NAPERVILLE - Over 33 years ago, the landmark decision made by the Supreme Court in the case of Roe vs. Wade changed the way abortion was viewed by the...

Jesus' love is the centerpiece of teacher's philosophy

Lydia Lyzinski's first day as a substitute teacher 15 years ago at St. Francis High School in Wheaton was very memorable, she recalled. The mother of ...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Morning after pill is difficult to swallow

ROMEOVILLE - The Illinois General Assembly is expected this year to chew over matters at opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum when they attempt...

Breakfast with the bishop brings out the 'ham'

JOLIET - Luke Michael Pilon, a 3-year-old student of Franciscan Learning Center in Joliet, captured the attention of many present for the annual Break...

Faith helps family through crisis on high seas

ROMEOVILLE - Although an ocean and several thousand miles separate them, the Kohl family of Plainfield still managed to come together in faith, especi...

Education is seen as the 'great equalizer'

LISLE - Education is seen as the "great equalizer," but in order to thrive in the 21st century, it must find genuine support from bipartisan policymak...

Students 'focus' on faith-filled alternatives

ROMEOVILLE - College can be time of independence and exploration, but it can also be one of pressure and frustration as students navigate through a ne...

Life through the eyes of a child is a wonderous experience

It is often said that to see an event through the eyes of a child is to see the world in all of its wonderment. And this is indeed so in reading the n...

Give and take

When a raging fire recently ravished an aging, elegant Chicago architectural masterpiece - the Pilgrim Baptist Church - community tears poured like th...

Pro-life advocate rebuts Planned Parenthood policies

LOMBARD - Sex and drugs may not seem like appropriate topics for a political cartoon, but according to pro-life speaker Patricia Bainbridge, a cartoon...

Pro-lifers mark another abortion anniversary

JOLIET - About 200 people were on bended knee Jan. 15 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Joliet as the Knights of Columbus, volunteers of the Joliet di...

Prayer packs a powerful punch in healing

NAPERVILLE - Born into a family of preachers, Thomas Cornwell grew up steeped in the traditions of faith and available, if not completely open, to the...

Priest soldiers on with angels

PARK FOREST - Over 300 parishioners gathered Jan. 16 to remember the courageous spirit and humor of Father John Ryan, who entered eternal life Dec. 28...

Down syndrome center offers playtime for families

PLAINFIELD - In a month when there's plenty of attention surrounding the 33rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, ...

Environmental consciousness is raised

LISLE - The profile of an environmentalist is no longer the image of an outspoken radical waving signs that read, "Save our Earth" and "Green Peace." ...

Auto show steers support toward Catholic Charities

ROMEOVILLE - Ford's reinvented and refreshed Mustang will undoubtedly have some major competition on the sprawling 1.3 million square-foot floor Feb. ...

Bishop urges graduates to 'say something'

JOLIET - In the midst of the afternoon undergraduate commencement ceremony Jan. 14 at University of St. Francis in Joliet, Bishop Joseph L. Imesch was...

Lockport league pins together camaraderie and church

LOCKPORT - It was dark and chilly outside Jan. 9, which was not the best weather for baseball. But inside the Lockport Christian Church, two men pulle...

Appeal meets pastoral needs in Latin America

ROMEOVILLE - None of the streets are paved within the tiny town of Soritor in the midst of the expansive jungle region. For countless decades, the res...

Catholics suffer at the hands of Nazis in World War II

Ever since the publication and performance of the anti-Catholic play "The Deputy," both the papacy and German Catholics have received severe criticism...

Dumbfounded

"Miscommunication" is the operative word used to explain the unspeakable mistake in information-sharing Jan. 3 in West Virginia at the site of the tra...