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Seven Catholics from across the state were honored at a commissioning Mass for completing an intensive, 15-month prison ministry leadership program co-sponsored by the Catholic Conference of Illinois and Lewis University. Representing five of the state’s six Catholic dioceses, the students gathered on Nov. 21 at Sancta Alberta Chapel on the campus of Lewis University…


Nov. 24, 2014 show Dr. Miguel Diaz of Loyola University joins Bob to talk about President Obama's executive action regarding immigration. Dr. Diaz is The John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service at Loyola and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, serving from 2009-2012. Next up, Randi Belisomo, a reporter for WGN-TV and…


 Sometimes we are confronted with an election in which the candidates for both major political parties support issues contrary to Catholic Social Teaching. What do we do? Not vote? That's when we look for guidance in "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," a booklet published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "Faithful Citizenship" tells…


As we approach the Nov. 4 general election, our Illinois bishops offer a few words of guidance for voters before they cast their ballots. Read the bishops' message below, or click here for a PDF version. Read the Spanish translation here. Read the Polish translation here. Voters are also encouraged to read…


The following is an op-ed by CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan. Illinois residents can expect to spend extra time in the voting booth come Nov. 4, since the ballot will not only feature candidates for the governor’s office, the state legislature and Congress, but a trifecta of advisory referenda questions. It’s turned into what some…


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today submitted comments on the revised HHS mandate accommodation issued on Aug. 22, noting the interim final rules do not change the mandate itself, or its extremely narrow exemption offered to churches but not service and other religious organizations. The U.S. bishops had initially given the revised HHS mandate




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.