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  • Editorial: Church obligated to priest’s reputation, too Aug 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    When the Archdiocese of Chicago reinstated Joseph Wilk as a priest in good standing on July 24, and took him off the list of priests against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor had been made, they needed to do one more thing. Tell people about it, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Chicago Archdiocese cool to ice bucket challenge Aug 22, 2014 6:47 AM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago is a little cool on the Ice Bucket Challenge that has recently gone viral on social media and raised millions for the ALS Association. WBBM-Radio reports Archdiocese Schools Superintendent Sister Mary Paul McCaughey has told principals if their schools take part in the challenge the money should go to the John Paul II Medical Research Center. She pointed out the center only uses adult stem cells. Mary Ilene Blondell, development director for Chicago ALS Association development director Mary Ilene Blondell says the archdiocese’s position is disappointing. Blondell says a very small part of ALS Association funding goes to embryonic stem cell research. The ALS Association said it has raised more than $41 million as participants take a bucket of ice water and drench themselves.

  • Archdiocese cautions schools on ice bucket challenge Aug 22, 2014 5:43 PM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago is telling principals of its schools that if they take part in the ice bucket challenge to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease to ask the ALS Association to direct the money to nonembryonic cell research.

  • White House unveils new birth control fixes for religious groups Aug 22, 2014 3:50 PM
    “What these rules do is help ensure that women have access to contraceptive coverage” while respecting religious beliefs, said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.Yet the latest proposals will likely run up against the same objections, because they still enable employees to receive contraception through their health plans — one of a range of preventive services required under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

  • Cardinal George to get experimental cancer drug Aug 22, 2014 4:23 PM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George is trying an experimental drug to treat his cancer. The archdiocese issued a statement Friday saying that the 77-year-old George has agreed to participate in a clinical trial at the University of Chicago Medicine. Officials say the drug may activate cells in the immune system so they can attack cancer cells. The archdiocese says George is continuing treatment at Loyola University Medical Center, and that he’s maintaining his regular work schedule. George said early this year that he believes the cancer eventually will take his life. He survived bladder cancer eight years ago and was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. George has been the spiritual leader of Chicago’s more than 2 million Roman Catholics since 1997.

  • Attorney says abuse suit against cleared priest “is alive” Aug 22, 2014 5:13 PM
    The man accusing Catholic priest Joseph Wilk of sexual abuse will continue his lawsuit against the former Schaumburg pastor, despite the Archdiocese of Chicago recently reinstating the priest to good standing and removing him from a list of abusive clergy, his lawyer said Thursday. “This case is alive,” attorney Patrick F. Bradley said. “There is so much reasonable cause (to pursue the case), it stinks.”

  • Times that test us help build character Aug 20, 2014 2:10 PM
    Although none of us likes going through these tests, God uses them as a valuable tool to build character in us.

  • Children celebrate ‘weirdness’ at Palatine church Aug 20, 2014 3:31 PM
    God filled the world with lots of crazy creatures. And during the week of July 14-18, 93 kids, 16 junior leaders, four high school leaders, and 36 adults from the Palatine community showed their wild side and discovered that Jesus’ love is one-of-a-kind!

  • Archdiocese clears former Schaumburg pastor of abuse allegation Aug 21, 2014 1:23 PM
    New information has cleared a former pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Schaumburg of allegations he sexually abused a young parishioner, leading to his reinstatement as a priest in good standing, the Archdiocese of Chicago confirmed Wednesday. An independent review board on July 24 removed the Rev. Joseph Wilk from a list of clergy with a substantiated allegations of abuse against them. Wilk had been placed on the list Feb. 5.

  • Constable: Worried refugees in suburbs help families in Iraq Aug 17, 2014 7:52 AM
    Settling into their new lives as suburbanites iin DuPage County, recent Iraqi immigrants worry about the loved ones who remain in the war-torn nation, targeted by Islamic militants. World Relief in Wheaton has offered support.

  • Tyler Perry at Willow Creek talks about mixing artistry, leadership Aug 15, 2014 9:29 PM
    Faith in God and a desire to champion underdogs like himself took Tyler Perry from a poor and abusive household in Louisiana to being one of the most influential voices in American entertainment. He spoke during Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in South Barrington. “What I try to do is surround myself with people that are like me,” Perry said. “I was the underdog.”

  • Perry headlines Willow Creek Leadership Summit Aug 14, 2014 8:09 AM
    Willow Creek Community Church’s 20th annual Global Leadership Summit begins in South Barrington Thursday — an event which has evolved and expanded immensely since its relatively humble start in 1995. Among the summit’s “faculty” this year will be filmmaker, actor and philanthropist Tyler Perry; General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt; and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

  • Activists confront diocese over pig wrestling Aug 14, 2014 8:06 PM
    Activists weren’t happy about a pig-wrestling fundraiser that a Green Bay-area church held, so they’re offering the bishop cash if he takes the pig’s place in the muddy pit. A Press-Gazette Media report says Steve Hindi made the offer Thursday. He’s the founder of an animal-protection group called SHARK. He presented the Green Bay diocese with a video of Sunday’s event. It showed one animal limping and others being dropped from a few feet. Hindi says pig wrestling amounts to animal cruelty. He brought thousands of dollars in cash and said Bishop David Ricken can have it if he and other event organizers take the pigs’ place. Diocese spokeswoman Justine Lodl says the church made sure the pigs were safe. Outagamie County deputies have said the event doesn’t constitute animal abuse.

  • What impact are you making with your life? Aug 13, 2014 1:47 PM
    Each one of us has an opportunity to make a difference in the life of another. We don’t have to do anything outstanding in order for it to stand out to the person we are helping. It’s the little things that add up and make a significant difference.

  • Fired music director finds support at Holy Family meeting Sep 8, 2014 6:05 AM
    The firing of Colin Collette, the longtime music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, was the subject of a special Wednesday meeting attended by a crowd both largely supportive of Collette and described as being “bigger than at Christmas.” Collette himself spoke at the end. "I realized I love Holy Family more than I love myself," he told the Daily Herald.

  • Vatican to Muslim leaders: Condemn Iraq barbarity Aug 12, 2014 11:05 AM
    The Vatican is urging Muslim leaders to denounce the “barbarity” of the Islamic State’s attacks against Christians and other minorities in Iraq, saying their credibility is on the line. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the main Vatican office that deals with the Muslim world, said Tuesday that the forced expulsions and massacres of Christians and minority Yazidis shamed humanity and couldn’t be justified by any religion. The office said the “unspeakable criminal acts” — the beheading, crucifying and hanging of bodies in public places, the “barbaric practice of infibulation,” the abduction of women and girls as spoils of war, and the destruction of Christian religious symbols — required a “clear and courageous stance on the part of religious leaders, especially Muslims.” “If not, what credibility will religions, their followers and their leaders have?” the statement warned. Pope Francis has stepped up his denunciation of the attacks against Christians. He has also sent a personal envoy, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, to the region to show solidarity with the victims, provide them with emergency funding and meet with Iraqi and Kurdish leaders. The Fides missionary news agency said Filoni was heading to Iraq via Jordan on Tuesday.

  • New chapel a fitting first for Good Shepherd renovations Aug 11, 2014 5:18 AM
    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital on Monday will dedicate a new chapel in what hospital officials are calling a fitting first project completed in their $247 million campus modernization effort. The chapel is named after a pair of longtime hospital volunteers and supporters.

  • What’s in a name? A family’s heritage and identity Aug 11, 2014 11:23 AM
    Former Daily Herald columnist the Rev. Greg Asimakoupolos wasn't born with that name. He actually came into the world as Greg Smith, but was happy to reclaim the surname -- and the family history -- his grandfather had discarded when he immigrated to America.

  • Some camp out all night for school supplies at ECC Aug 10, 2014 6:39 AM
    Some people camped outside overnight to get backpacks filled with school supplies that were handed out Saturday at Elgin Community College. “These families wait as long as it takes because they are in need,” ECC Student Life Coordinator Katie Storey said.

  • Retired major general gives tips to clergy on veterans’ ‘moral’ injuries Aug 8, 2014 6:24 PM
    Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Mukoyama believes the religious community plays an important part in helping veterans cope with emotional battle wounds sustained in war. So how can the clergy help those veterans who come to them? Mukoyama and his faith-based nonprofit organization, Military Outreach USA, believe they have the answers in a guide they are releasing Saturday during an event at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle.

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