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News Releases - 2004

December

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCES CARDINAL’S SCHOOL FUND
CHICAGO (December 13, 2004)
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SPOKANE BISHOP AND CHICAGO'S CARDINAL GEORGE ELECTED TO USCCB LEADERSHIP
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) elected Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane as their new president and Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., of Chicago as their new vice president. Bishop Skylstad succeeds Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville and Cardinal George succeeds Bishop Skylstad. Each was elected to three-year terms.
During the meeting, which ends Thursday, November 18, t he U.S. Catholic bishops are scheduled to further discuss: approval of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults; possible development of a brief pastoral statement on Church teaching concerning the use of the Bible by Catholics; a possible National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage; consideration of USCCB participation in a new initiative called Christian Churches Together in the USA; a proposal for annual collection of data and reporting in the aggregate of new cases of sexual abuse of minors, resolution of ongoing cases, and associated costs; permission requested by the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse to proceed with plans for a 2005 audit process; creation of an Ad Hoc Committee for the Church in Africa; and several actions related to Spanish language liturgical rituals.


NOVEMBER 2004

Illinois Senate Votes Down Stem Cell Research
On November 18, the Illinois State Senate voted down the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Act.
Read the official statement from the Catholic Conference of Illinois on this matter
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STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Re: Possible closure of schools
November 17, 2004
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CARDINAL GEORGE NAMES BISHOP LISTECKI NEW LIAISON FOR RESTRUCTURED OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HOSPITAL AFFAIRS
CHICAGO (November 8, 2004)
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FR. GEORGE J. RaSSAS nameD VICAR GENERAL OF the archdiocese of chicago
CHICAGO (November 5, 2004)
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Archdiocese NAMES New Director For Office for European Catholics
CHICAGO (October 6, 2004)
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ARCHDIOCESE TO AWARD HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO JUSTICE INITIATIVES
Recipient Groups Receive Support for Organizing and Economic Development Efforts.
CHICAGO (September 20, 2004)

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October 2004

Fr. William Woestman Honored by Canon Law Society of America
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TWO ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO SCHOOLS NAMED BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
CHICAGO (September 17, 2004)
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September 2004

VATICAN REPRESENTATIVE TO SPEAK IN CHICAGO ABOUT SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL DECREE ON ECUMENISM
7 p.m. on Thursday, September 30 – Archbishop Quigley Seminary Auditorium
CHICAGO (September 28, 2004)

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August 2004

SUSAN BURRITT JOINS ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO AS DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING FOR THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
CHICAGO (August 26, 2004)
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BISHOP RAYMOND E. GOEDERT named TEMPORARY VICAR GENERAL for the archdiocese of chicago
CHICAGO (August 20, 2004)
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COLLEEN DOLAN JOINS ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO AS DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
CHICAGO (August 19, 2004)
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ARCHDIOCESAN VICAR GENERAL AND AUXILiARY BISHOP MOST REV. EDWIN M. CONWAY DIES AT THE AGE OF 70
CHICAGO (August 9, 2004)
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Background on Bishop Conway »

Interactive Database Added To Archdiocese’s Web Site
Other Improvements Implemented With More Planned
CHICAGO (August 2, 2004)

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JULY 2004

New Assistant Superintendent Appointed for archdiocese of chicago’s Secondary Schools
CHICAGO (July 21, 2004)
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ARCHDIOCESE PUBLISHES FIRST EDITION OF "A GUIDE TO CATHOLIC CHICAGO" Will Become Annual Publication
CHICAGO (July 6, 2004)
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JUNE 2004

ARCHDIOCESE'S FAMILY MINISTRIES OFFICE IS ONE SPONSOR OF NEW MARRIAGE RESOURCES WEBSITE
CHICAGO (June 15, 2004)
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CATHOLIC CONFERENCE REAFFIRMS POSITION ON EXEMPTION FROM CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE
SPRINGFIELD (June 2, 2004)
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CARDINAL GEORGE TRAVELS TO FRANCE TOMORROW FOR 60 th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings/Battle of Normandy June 3 - 7, 2004
CHICAGO (June 2, 2004)
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NEW CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL MODEL TO SERVE WAUKEGAN/NORTH CHICAGO
CHICAGO (June 4, 2004)
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MAy 2004

FOURTEEN MEN ORDAINED PRIESTS FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
CHICAGO (May 18, 2004)
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CARDINAL GEORGE ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE MEDICALLY UNINSURED
CHICAGO (May 14, 2004)
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"Ad limina" visit to Rome

Vice Chancellor and CBS Channel 2 Report From Rome
Channel 2's Pilgrimage of Faith Weblog - a combination of reports from CBS 2's Jay Levine and writings from Vice Chancellor John Treanor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, can be viewed by visiting cbs2chicago.com. Both are overseas in Rome for this pilgrimage.

"Ad limina" visit to Rome involves Catholic bishops from three states CARDINAL GEORGE, AUXILIARY BISHOPS TRAVEL TOMORROW TO ROME
CHICAGO (May 21, 2004)
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Cardinal George's Remarks to the Holy Father
Attached is the text of Cardinal George's May 28 remarks to Pope John Paul II during the ad limina visit of bishops from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
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Pope's Address to Bishops of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin
Attached is the address John Paul II delivered May 28 to the U.S. bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin at the conclusion of their ad limina visit to Rome.
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Expectant mothers and unborn children to receive blessing from Cardinal
MOTHER'S DAY MASS FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS WILL CELEBRATE THE GIFT OF LIFE
Sunday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m. - Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 2010 E. 79 th St.

CHICAGO (May 7, 2004)
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ISSUE STATEMENT ON THE MEDICALLY UNINSURED AT SAINT ANTHONY HOSPITAL BREAKFAST AND PRESS CONFERENCE
CHICAGO (May 7, 2004)
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CARDINAL PLANS VISITS TO ROME, NORMANDY
Ad limina visit to Rome involves Catholic bishops from three states in May
Visit for 60 th anniversary of Normandy victory takes place in early June

CHICAGO (April 21, 2004)
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April 2004

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO TO HOST POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION FORUM IN MORTON GROVE ON THURSDAY,
MAY 6

CHICAGO (April 20, 2004)
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THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 30 :
AMATE HOUSE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS BY HONORING YOUNG ADULTS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE, FAITH AND COMMUNITY

CHICAGO (April 26, 2004)
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CARDINAL GEORGE WILL CELEBRATE HOLY WEEK LITURGIES; PRESIDE AT HOLY WEEK ACTIVITIES
CHICAGO (April 2, 2004)
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ALICIA JUAREZ NAMED NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR THE OFFICE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
CHICAGO (April 1, 2004)
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National Donate Life Month in April 2004
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
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March 2004

NEW MODEL OF CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION
FOR SOUTHEAST SUBURBS SET TO LAUNCH IN AUGUS
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East-west campus model to help meet changing needs of area families
CHICAGO (March 22, 2004)

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Fact Sheet for Southeast Suburban Catholic Schools Initiative »

STATEMENT FROM SR. ANITA BAIRD
OFFICE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE, ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Re: Reports of racist slurs by members of Chicago Fire Department
CHICAGO (March 18, 2004)

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ARCHDIOCESE LAUNCHES ANNUAL APPEAL TO HELP SUPPORT MINISTRIES
CHICAGO (March 18, 2004)
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His Eminence, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela
Archbishop of Madrid
Bailen 8
28071 Madrid
SPAIN

CHICAGO (March 15, 2004)
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Catholic Dioceses Ask State Lawmakers to: Support Driver's Licenses for Undocumented; Address Rising Medical Malpractice Premiums

CHICAGO (March 23, 2004)
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Support House Bill 4003 - Allows Certain Undocumented Persons to Receive an Illinois Drivers' License
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Cardinal Ratzinger Says U.S. Bishops' Statement On Catholics In Political Life ‘Very Much In Harmony' With General Principles Sent By Congregation
http://www.usccb.org »

Msgr. Fay Urges Support For Federal Marriage Amendment
http://www.usccb.org »

USCCB statement re: Marriage and Same Sex Unions
Issued by USCCB, November 12, 2003
www.usccb.org
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Cardinal on Gay Marriage
CARDINAL WRITES ON MARRIAGE IN LATEST EDITION OF CATHOLIC NEW WORLD
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February 2004

ROMAN CATHOLIC SEASON OF LENT BEGINS TODAY
CHICAGO (February 25, 2004)
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FR. THOMAS FRANZMAN NAMED
DIRECTOR OF EVANGELIZATION, CATECHESIS AND WORSHIP

CHICAGO (February 5, 2004)
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January 2004

ARCHDIOCESE ANNOUNCES ANTI-RACISM STRATEGIC PLAN
Goals to Recognize and Eliminate Institutional Racism
Plan Part of “Racial Justice Week” Initiatives January 18-25

CHICAGO (January 23, 2004)
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ARCHDIOCESE RELEASES RESULTS OF CHICAGO’S COMPLIANCE WITH NATIONAL AUDIT OF CLERICAL SEXUAL ABUSE
Nationwide Audit Results Reported By the USCCB’s Office of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board During Washington, D.C. Press Conference
(CHICAGO) January 6, 2004

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Archdiocese of Chicago Compliance Report »

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO TO RELEASE RESULTS OF COMPLIANCE AUDIT ON CLERICAL SEXUAL ABUSE
NEWS CONFERENCE TO COINCIDE WITH WASHINGTON, D.C. NEWS CONFERENCE REPORTING ON NATIONAL RESULTS

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STATEMENT OF ARCHDIOCESAN CHANCELLOR JIMMY M. LAGO
RE: Landmarking of St. Gelasius Church by Chicago City Council
(CHICAGO) January 14, 2004

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 IS RACIAL JUSTICE WEEK IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO,
CULMINATING IN “DWELL IN MY LOVE SUNDAY” ON THE 25TH. PARISHES AND SCHOOLS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE WILL RAISE CONSCIOUSNESS OF ISSUES OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC INJUSTICES.

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LOCAL TEENS JOIN "MARCH FOR LIFE" IN WASHINGTON: JANUARY 20-24
The Archdiocese of Chicago's Respect Life and Youth Ministry Offices are co-sponsoring a four-day pilgrimage for teens from January 20-24 to participate in the annual "March for Life" in Washington, D.C. Motorcoaches will transport the young people to Washington.

  • Tuesday, January 20: 7 p.m., Young people gather at Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash, Chicago, for Mass and send-off.
  • Wednesday, January 21: Morning arrival in Washington, D.C. Drop off luggage at Hyatt Regency-Crystal City. Afternoon sight seeing. Gather at 3 p.m. for hotel check-in. Bus departs for Catholic University and John Paul II Cultural Institute. 8 p.m., Mass for Life at Catholic University.
  • Thursday, January 22: 10 a.m., Mass for Illinois participants with Cardinal George and Illinois Bishops at St. Aloysius Church. Noon, March for Life rally. 1:30-3 p.m., March for Life procession from Washington Monument to the Capitol. Afternoon, visit with senators and representatives. Evening, tour/Reconciliation service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Friday, January 23: 7 p.m. Depart Washington.
  • Saturday, Jan. 24: 9 a.m., Arrival at Queen of All Saints.

Ecumenical Prayer Service Highlights The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


How Can the Church Recover its Moral Voice?
A presentation with Fr. Louis Cameli and Cardinal George

This presentation will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Learning Center,
1651 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago.
Although the misconduct scandals of the last two years lend a special urgency to the question of the Church's moral voice, other issues, such as respect for life, cloning, marriage, justice, and peace, are also ongoing in today's society.
Fr. Louis Cameli, director of ongoing formation for priests, will talk about the church's responsibility and mission in light of these issues. Cardinal George will offer a response to the presentation, with time for questions and comments from the audience.
This presentation is geared toward priests, deacons, professional lay ministers, parish leadership, and other interested Catholics. All are welcome!
A free-will offering will be collected for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

ARCHDIOCESAN MASS FOR LIFE- Saturday 01/17 at 7 p.m.
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will be the principal celebrant at the Second Annual Archdiocesan Mass for Life at St. Mary of the Angels Church, 1850 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago. The Mass precedes prayer services and vigils scheduled in parishes throughout the archdiocese the week of January 20-24 marking the 31st anniversary of Roe v Wade, observed on January 22th.

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