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ANNUAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST DATE SET FOR
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, AT 8 A.M.

CHICAGO, IL (December 29, 2010)

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CARDINAL GEORGE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
WITH MASSES AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL VISIT

Chicago, IL (December 21, 2010)
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CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM TO HOLD EARLY MORNING PILGRIMAGE STARTING AT BROADVIEW DETENTION CENTER
Chicago, IL (December 15, 2010)

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CATHOLICS COME HOME CHICAGO RETURNS
New Multi-Media Approach and Focus on the Church as a “Spiritual Home Highlight the 2010-2011 Campaign
Chicago, IL (December 13, 2010)

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CHICAGO YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011 IN MADRID AND CHICAGO

Chicago, IL (November 29, 2010)

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MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED PRIESTS OF
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Friday, November 19, at Holy Name Cathedral
Chicago, IL (November 15, 2010)
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO AWARDS LAYPEOPLE FOR DEDICATION
TO THE CHURCH AND THEIR MINISTRIES

Chicago, IL (October 29, 2010)
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NEW WEBSITE DEVOTED TO FATHER AUGUSTUS TOLTON’S
CAUSE FOR CANONIZATION IS LAUNCHED

Chicago, IL (October 21, 2010)

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$257,000 INVESTMENT BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING INITIATIVES
Genesis Housing Development Corporation to Receive Portion of $2.3 Million Set Aside for Not-For-Profit Developers of Affordable Housing
Chicago, IL (October 7, 2010)
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WEEKLONG CELEBRATION FOR 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE OFFICE FOR BLACK CATHOLICS BEGINS OCTOBER 24
Cardinal George to Celebrate Closing Mass on October 31
Chicago, IL (October 6, 2010)
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JUSTICE DAY 2010 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
Panels and Presentations on Catholic Social Teaching
Chicago, IL (September 24, 2010)
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOW GAINS ON OVERALL ACT® SCORES
All Scores Above State Average
Chicago, IL (September 13, 2010)
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THE CHICAGO CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
ANNOUNCES OVER QUARTER-MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANTS

Twenty Local Recipient Groups Work in Chicago and Suburbs
Chicago, IL (August 19, 2010)
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ANNUAL BANQUET BENEFITING BISHOP ABRAMOWICZ SEMINARY
TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Chicago, IL (August 17, 2010)
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THERAPY GROUP FOR ADULT
SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry to Sponsor Sessions
Chicago, IL (August 13, 2010)

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CATHOLICS COME HOME CHICAGO RETURNS
WITH MAJOR MULTI-MEDIA EVANGELIZATION APPROACH

Chicago, IL (August 12, 2010)

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FIVE SIMULTANEOUS BACK TO SCHOOL SUNRISE PRAYER SERVICES TO BE
CONDUCTED AT CHICAGO LAKEFRONT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 21

All Catholic Parishes in Archdiocese to Ring Church Bells at 8 a.m.
Chicago, IL (August 11, 2010)
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ALL ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS READY TO OPEN THIS FALL
New Preschool Programs, Additional Grade Levels, a New Middle School and an Initiative Mark Changes
Chicago, IL (August 2, 2010)
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CONTRIBUTES $3,487,867.90
TO CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES AID FOR HAITI

Chicago, IL (July 21, 2010)
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ARCHDIOCESAN OFFICE FOR HISPANIC CATHOLICS
CELEBRATES 12TH NOCHE DE GALA

Chicago (July 13, 2010)
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO CELEBRATE SPECIAL TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY MASS FOR OFFICE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Chicago, IL (July 9, 2010)
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THEOLOGY-ON-TAP CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SERVING THE FINEST IN SPEAKERS, CONVERSATION, AND THEOLOGY
For Young Adults (20s & 30s, Married & Single) - Begins July 11
Chicago, IL (July 7, 2010)
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ARCHDIOCESE ANNOUNCES REVISION OF DEACON FORMATION PROGRAM
New Design Responds to Evolving Role of Deacons
Chicago, IL (July 1, 2010)
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CATHOLICS COME HOME CHICAGO SUMMARY REPORT
Information from Responding Parishes Finds Increased Mass Attendance
Chicago, IL (June 23, 2010)
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FIFTEEN MEN ORDAINED AS DEACONS
Chicago, IL (May 25, 2010)
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS EXCEED NATIONAL STANDARDIZED ACHIEVEMENT TEST NORMS
Chicago, IL (May 25, 2010)
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ORDAIN FOURTEEN MEN
FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Ceremony Returns to Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday, May 22
Chicago, IL (May 19, 2010)
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Prominent inter-religious leaders decry Arizona’s anti-immigrant law and call for comprehensive immigration reform
Chicago, IL (May 12, 2010)
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Bishop Paprocki Responds To Recent Media Coverage
Regarding His 2007 Homily

Chicago, IL (May 12, 2010)
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AREA CATHOLICS PRESENTED WITH Awards for outstanding contributions TO CATECHESIS AND YOUTH MINISTRY
Chicago, IL (May 5, 2010)
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MOTHER’S DAY MASS FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL

Chicago, IL (May 5, 2010)
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VOCATION PARISH TRAINING PROGRAM  
Chicago, IL (April 9, 2010)
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Cardinal George's Reflection Delivered at the
Dr. King Prayer Service and Racial Justice Awards

April 7, 2010
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CATHOLICS COME HOME CHICAGO CONTINUES
WITH PRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS

Chicago, IL (March 18, 2010)
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CARDINAL GEORGE ANNOUNCES FR. TOLTON CAUSE FOR SAINTHOOD
First American Diocesan Priest of African Descent
Chicago, IL (March 17, 2010)

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CHICAGO CATHOLIC MEN’S CONFERENCE
Catholic Men Invited to Daylong Event
Chicago, IL (March 9, 2010)
 
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OFFICE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE TO HONOR
BISHOP PERRY AND FATHER PFLEGER WITH
RACIAL JUSTICE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Chicago, IL (March 3, 2010)
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NEW START DATE FOR THERAPY GROUPS FOR ADULT SURVIVORS OF
CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE AND FAMILY MEMBERS

Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry to Sponsor Sessions
Chicago, IL (February 4, 2010)

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATED WITH
MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL

Chicago, IL (
February 1, 2010
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CATHOLICS BEING “WELCOMED HOME” THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Chicago, IL (January 25, 2010)

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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO’S RESPECT LIFE OFFICE ANNOUNCES ACTIVITIES FOR 37th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROE V. WADE DECISION
Chicago, IL (January 15, 2010)
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TENTH ANNUAL CHICAGO ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE CELEBRATES THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Chicago, IL (January 15, 2010)
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PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS SISTERS AND BROTHERS TO HOLD PRAYER SERVICE DURING NATIONAL MIGRATION WEEK
Groups to Ask President Obama and Elected Officials to Act on Immigration Reform
Chicago, IL (January 4, 2010)
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Statements

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

Statement by Cardinal Francis George, OMI
 Archbishop of Chicago

Regarding Holy Cross Hospital
December 15, 2010

The Sisters of Saint Casimir came to me some months ago with a new approach to extend their charitable and spiritual mission in health care among the people of the southwest side of Chicago.  I am convinced that their solution, while unusual, is the best option to continue the Catholic mission at the Sisters’ Holy Cross Hospital.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

Statement by Cardinal Francis George, OMI
 Archbishop of Chicago

On the appointment of Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller M.Sp.S.
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago,

As Archbishop of San Antonio
October 14, 2010

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller as Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas. Even as we in the Archdiocese offer our best wishes and prayers for Archbishop-elect Garcia, I want also to congratulate the priests, religious men and women and the lay faithful of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. They are being given a pastor of exceptional spirituality and integrity of heart.

Bishop Gustavo will be sorely missed in the Archdiocese of Chicago. His ministry with us has been pastorally fruitful, and his presence among us has been a blessing. May the Lord and his Blessed Mother grant him many years as Archbishop of a key diocese in our country.


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Colleen H. Dolan
Director

Department of Communications and Public Relations
Office Phone: 312-534-8289
Email: cdolan@archchicago.org

Statement by Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago

On the appointment of Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago,

to the See of Springfield-in-Illinois.
April 20, 2010

Bishop Thomas J. Paprockiís appointment by Pope Benedict XVI to the see of Springfield-in- Illinois brings to the priests, religious and laity of that diocese a bishop well trained in the way of the Lord and expert in the ways of the Church.

The Archdiocese of Chicago will no longer directly enjoy the many gifts that Bishop Paprocki brings to his Episcopal ministry, but we rejoice with the Diocese of Springfield on their receiving their new bishop.

I would like to thank Msgr. Carl Kemme for the loving care he has given to the Springfield Diocese as its administrator after Archbishop George Lucas was appointed to Omaha.

My prayer is that the Lord and his Blessed Mother, under the title of her Immaculate Conception, will bless Bishop Paprocki and the Church of Springfield as he takes up his new Episcopal duties.


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Office of the Episcopal Vicar  

STATEMENT OF THE MOST REVEREND THOMAS JOHN PAPROCKI
UPON HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE NINTH BISHOP OF SPRINGFIELD IN ILLINOIS
April 20, 2010

President Abraham Lincoln has been a hero of mine since my first visit to Springfield when I was in eighth grade. In a speech given in Springfield on January 27, 1838, Abraham Lincoln said, “We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducting more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us. We, when mounting the stage of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings.”

It is indeed a “fundamental blessing” which I am profoundly privileged to inherit as the new shepherd of the flock that comprises the Catholic community of central Illinois. I am deeply grateful for the confidence shown by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in appointing me to serve as the ninth Bishop of Springfield in Illinois. I look forward to working with the priests, deacons, men and women religious, the lay Christian faithful and all people of good will here in our State Capital to carry out the mission entrusted to us by Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel. I pledge to do my best with the help of God’s grace to build on the “fundamental blessings” established through the dedicated ministry of the previous bishops of Springfield, especially my immediate predecessor, the Most Reverend George Lucas, now Archbishop of Omaha.

I also wish to express my sincere appreciation to my fellow priests and bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago with whom I have been fortunate to work for the past thirty-two years. Most of all, I thank His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I, Archbishop of Chicago, for being a true mentor over the past thirteen years during which I was privileged to serve as his Chancellor, as a parish Pastor and as his Auxiliary Bishop. I am pleased that we will continue to be co-workers in the vineyard of the State of Illinois that comprises the Province of Chicago. May God who has begun this good work bring it to completion.


STATEMENT OF REV. MICHAEL PFLEGER
PASTOR, ST. SABINA PARISH
April 14, 2010

On Sunday, April 11, while preaching a sermon on the power of fear, I was referring to the fear that paralyzed the apostles, locking them in a room, leaving only John and the women at the foot of the cross.  I stated that is why I believe women ought to be able to be ordained, as well as priests ought to be able to get married.

While this is my personal opinion, I do respect and follow the Catholic Church teachings and I am sorry I failed to do this.


Rev. Michael L. Pfleger


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Office for Racial Justice

STATEMENT FROM SR. ANITA BAIRD
April 7, 2010

In order to clarify my quote that appeared on LifeSiteNews.com, I am affirming my belief in the teachings of the Catholic Church and understand that there can be no distinction between pro-abortion and pro-choice, because the choice at issue is the choice to kill a child.

I also apologize to those who were scandalized by my statement.

Sr. Anita Baird, Director
Office for Racial Justice

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