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CHICAGO (January 19, 2006) Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will host several of the more than 180 workshops offered during the Archdiocese of Chicago's Catholic Festival of Faith, to be held February 16-18, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5500 N. River Rd., Rosemont.

At 1:45 p.m. on Friday, February 17, and on Saturday, February 18, Cardinal George will offer a workshop entitled, "Evangelization: Creating Something New." In this workshop, the Cardinal will explore the meaning of the late Pope John Paul II's call for a "New Evangelization," noting that the Holy Father wanted to place change -- "radical newness" -- at the center of evangelization, to ask what is created anew in a person's life or in society when the

Gospel is effectively lived.

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17, Cardinal George will meet with Catholic youth to discuss "Our Call To Be Radically New,” concerning his experiences of World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, his understanding of Pope Benedict XVI's message to youth, and the baptismal call to be made new in the life of the Eucharist.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, Cardinal George will host a conversation about the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, in which the highlights and surprises of the new pope's first year of papal leadership will be discussed.

At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, Cardinal George will celebrate the closing liturgy of the Catholic Festival of Faith.

Admission to the closing liturgy and to any or all of the Cardinal's workshops are complimentary with admission to the Catholic Festival of Faith. Open to Catholics of all ages and to all those interested in the Catholic faith, the three-day Catholic Festival of Faith will offer Catholic liturgies, opportunities for prayer, concerts, keynote speakers and hundreds of workshops. Individuals may register for a single day’s events for $35, or for all three days of the Catholic Festival of Faith for $70.

To read more about the many scheduled offerings at the Catholic Festival of Faith – or to register to attend online -- please visit the official event website at ( Online registration will be accepted through February 1, 2006.

Additional questions about the Catholic Festival of Faith can be answered via email to _catholicfest@archchicago.orgor by phoning the Archdiocese of Chicago at 312/-8388.

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