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  • Find courage in God to conquer obstaclesMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brave men and women know that courage is not a badge of honor worn on the outside of a uniform. It is an attitude of the heart that you refuse to let go of regardless of your feelings of fear.

  • Cardinal Francis George has been hospitalized since last week for dehydration and flu-like symptoms, officials said Tuesday.

    Cardinal expected to leave hospital later this weekMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cardinal Francis George, hospitalized since Friday with flu-like symptoms, is expected to be released from the hospital later this week, archdiocese officials said Tuesday. During a routine checkup last week at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, doctors found that George was dehydrated, and recommended he remain hospitalized until he recovers.

  • Archdiocese spokeswoman Colleen Dolan said Monday the decision to admit Cardinal Francis George to the hospital Friday was made so that he could receive intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

    Chicago's Cardinal George hospitalized with fluMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chicago Cardinal Francis George has been hospitalized at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for the last four days suffering dehydration because of the flu.

  • Tobias Winright, an associate professor of theological ethics in the Department of Theological Studies at St. Louis University, will be the featured speaker April 4 when Benedictine University in Lisle sponsors an all-day symposium, “Love Thy Neighbor: How Faith and Reason Work Against Structural Violence.”

    Symposium featuring school faculty looks at how faith can stop violenceMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Benedictine University faculty from across the institution will join an expert in theological studies from St. Louis University to discuss violence and how to work against it in Benedictine’s seventh annual Faith and Reason Symposium.

  • Klezmer music comes to OaktonMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Learn how the Roma and Jewish cultures intertwine and mirror each other in “A History of Klezmer Music,” featuring Terran Doehrer and his revival Klezmer band Ensemble M’chaiya, 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Room A145/152. Originally the Yiddish word for “musician,” klezmer now describes the secular music played by Jews at joyful celebrations. The event is free.

  • John O’Malley, right, director of legal services for the Archdiocese of Chicago, discusses how the archdiocese has responded to priest sex abuse. Seated with him are Bishop Francis Kane, vicar general for the archdiocese, and Jan Slattery, director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.

    Archdiocese: More documents on sex abuse will be releasedMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Archdiocese of Chicago officials say they will release more documents later this year that detail instances of child sex abuse by 35 priests that go back decades. On Friday, archdiocese officials told the Daily Herald Editorial Board they will release the additional documents voluntarily and “in the name of transparency,” once information has been redacted that could possibly harm the victims.

  • Susan Ciaciura will present, “A Life Derailed: Hope After a Medical Catastrophe” at 7:15 p.m. March 24, at the Schaumburg Library, 130 S. Roselle Road.

    Hanover Park woman to speak on hope after ‘A Life Derailed’Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    What happens when your life is shattered? Susan Ciaciura will present her inspirational and hope-filled “comeback life story” at 7:15-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Schaumburg Public Library, 130 South Roselle Road.

  • Jesuit Priest and theologian Juan Carlos Scannone, who taught Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, Greek and literature. He nowadays teaches at the university of philosophy and theology at the Colegio Maximo, which is part of the company of the Jesuits.

    Survivors: Pope Francis saved many in dirty warsMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gonzalo Mosca was a radical on the run in 1976. Hunted by Uruguay’s dictators, he fled to Argentina, where he narrowly escaped a military raid on his hideout. “I thought that they would kill me at any moment,” Mosca says. With nowhere else to turn, he called his brother, a Jesuit priest, who put him in touch with the man he credits with saving his life: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis.

  • Are you looking for a sign from God?Mar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    I was pereplexed over a situation I had been facing. So I asked God to give me a sign regarding a breakthrough in this area, Annettee Budzban writes.

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, the day of his election. From his gestures to his simple sound bites to his emphasis that priests are called to serve, Pope Francis has endeared himself to the public, radically shifted the paradigm of the papacy and reminded the world that the church’s mission is one of mercy.

    Pope sees banner first year, but expectations highMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year. He might not like his superstar status, but he certainly knows how to work a crowd and he has endeared himself to the public for looking out for the poor and radically shifting the church’s focus to mercy rather than moralizing. But not everyone is thrilled and expectations are high for his second year.

  • Alice J. Johnson, left, executive director of the Illinois Nurses Association, and nurse Candi Vanzandt discuss the union’s grievances Monday against Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines.

    Maryville nurses strike outside Des Plaines hospitalMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nurses from Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital ans their supporters walked picket lines outside the Des Plaines facility Monday, launching what’s expected to be a five-day strike in protest of what they call unsafe staffing levels and unfair labor practices by hospital management.

  • Roskam to talk at synagogue on Israeli relationsMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam will be speaking at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 at Hilltop Road, from 8 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 17, on the current state of the Israel-U.S. Alliance.

  • Cardinal Francis George says his cancer “will most probably eventually be the cause of my death.”

    Cardinal George’s cancer returnsMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cardinal Francis George is starting another round of chemotherapy to address signs of cancer returning to the area around his right kidney, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Friday. During the next two months, he’ll receive a more aggressive chemotherapy drug than the one doctors used to fight his cancer in 2012.

  • The Rev. Robert Braband leads the Ash Wednesday service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard as Christians begin Lent, a season of repentance and reflection before the celebration of Jesus’ rising from the dead on Easter.

    Ashes mark Christians for beginning of LentMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Christians across the area and around the world marked the beginning of Lent by attending Ash Wednesday services to receive a visible reminder of their human mortality in the shape of a cross made out of ashes.

  • The Rev. M.E. Eccles of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Des Plaines provides “ashes to go” Wednesday to Ola Arogundade of Wheeling at the Des Plaines Metra train station.

    Commuters receive ashes-to-go at Des Plaines stationMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Some commuters hustling and bustling to get to their trains in Des Plaines Wednesday morning stopped for a moment to pause and pray, while receiving “ashes to go.” The Rev. M.E. Eccles of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Des Plaines, dressed in her clerical vestments, marked the foreheads of the faithful with ashes — the Christian tradition on Ash Wednesday.

  • Sudden changes make waiting worth the whileMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Are you still waiting days, months, and years for change in your life? Do you feel like your prayers for a healing, mate, or a promotion have fallen upon deaf ears? Sometimes when we’ve been struggling in an area for a long time, we want to give up, but don't. Sudden change can come at any time.

  • The Rev. Alex Lang will address the most-asked questions about Christianity during a free seminar series on Wednesdays, from March 12 through April 16, at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights.

    Seminar to address Christianity’s most-asked questionsMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Rev. Alex Lang will address the most-asked questions about Christianity at a free Wednesday evening seminar series March 12 – April 16, 7:30-8:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights.

  • Rev. Bill Nesbit of St. Charles Episcopal Church administers ashes to a commuter in front of their impromptu sign at the Geneva Metra station on Ash Wednesday.

    St. Charles church provides 'Ashes to Go' at Metra station Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    St. Charles Espiscopal Church offers 'Ashes to Go' at the Geneva train station on Ash Wednesday.

  • A person holds a mock Oscar statue as Pope Francis tours St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican prior to the start of his weekly general audience. The pontiff says he finds the hype that is increasingly surrounding him “offensive.”

    Pope defensive on sex abuse as commission lagsMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he simply doesn’t get it on sex abuse. Three months after the Vatican announced a commission of experts to study best practices on protecting children, no action has been taken, no members appointed, no statute outlining the commission’s scope approved.

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