Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.
Broken in health, nerves shattered, her mind distressed by tragic memories, a 20-year-old Armenian girl arrived at the doorstep of her brother’s Minneapolis home nearly 100 years ago. Her name was Vartano Karagheusian, and she was a refugee from the Ottoman Empire. A band of Turks forced to walk for four months from her home to Aleppo, Syria. One by one her countrymen dropped along the way; her mother died in her arms. They lived off of the land, she said, eating grass and leaves off the side of the road.
People with sexual abuse claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should file their claims by August 3 in order to be part of the archdiocese’s Chapter 11 Reorganization settlement, Judge Robert Kressel ruled April 16.
The door will be opened Dec. 8 at the beginning of the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.
Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized — not hidden or denied — for true reconciliation and healing to come to the world.
During his weekly general audience in a chilly, but sunny St. Peter’s Square April 8, the pope continued his series of talks about the family, dedicating a second catechesis to children. He described the great suffering and difficulties many children around the world experience as “a Passion.”
Locally, NPH will host its annual gala Oct. 3, when 15 children from NPH’s home in El Salvador will sing and dance, and then spend two weeks with a host family.
The Catholic Church supports the efforts of scientists to study the causes and effects of climate change and insists governments and businesses must get serious about specific commitments for protecting the environment.
In her 20s, Jane Lynch knew she was called to a vocation other than marriage, but didn’t feel like the convent was the right fit. It wasn’t until she was in her late 30s that she discovered secular institutes, a form of consecrated life in which members live and work in society but share commitments to prayer and their institute’s community.