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Cardinal Cupich of Chicago today issued a public thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promise to veto House Bill 40 if it reaches his desk. The controversial legislation would allow taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees — a provision that is currently prohibited by…


April 17, 2017 show Greg Dolan, associate director for public policy for Catholic education for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Bob to talk about what the Donald Trump administration means for Catholic education. The first school Trump visited as president last month was St. Andrew Catholic School located just outside of Orlando,…


Cardinal Cupich today unveiled a new anti-violence initiative sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago that has Pope Francis' personal stamp of approval. Speaking to media gathered at the Peace Corner Youth Center in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, Cardinal Cupich announced he was giving $250,000 of Archdiocesan discretionary funds to the new "Instruments of Peace Venture Philanthropy…


Pope Francis made global headlines nearly two years ago with his encyclical, Laudato Si', which calls for individuals to adopt an "integral ecology" in their approach to care of the environment. The Illinois legislature can now show support for such policies by resolving to safeguard state monies earmarked for solar energy developments. House Resolution


Cardinal Cupich today told priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago to keep immigration officials off Church property unless they have a warrant. In a letter issued to priests, Cardinal Cupich outlined several resources the Church offers to immigrants, and then held firm against allowing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials from entering Church property without…


Illinois bishops have written letters to parishioners, asking them to contact their state representatives to urge a "no" vote on House Bill 40. HB 40 allows taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. It also allows tax money to go to grants to organizations that refer,…


The rapid pace of advances in medical care allows us to live longer and more productive lives than those of our ancestors. But these same innovations can leave us struggling for guidance when we are confronted with end-of-life decisions. Just as important, however, is the conversation we all need to have with our families: Who…


The Catholic Conference of Illinois on May 25 released a statement on Senate Bill 1564, which just passed the Illinois House after previously passing the Senate. It now returns to the Senate for concurrence on a minor House amendment. The Senate is expected to concur. UPDATE: The Senate did concur with the minor House amendment.…




Prison and Jail Ministry

CCI coordinates a statewide effort of prison and jail ministry offered through the dioceses. Lay Catholics receive training to offer hope to inmates through the salvation of the Gospel.