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Our First Amendment rights guaranteeing freedom of religion are under assault. Find out what we’re doing to protect this right, and how you can help.

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Oct

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…

08
Oct

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…

08
Oct

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

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Sep

Pope Francis today named Bishop Blase J. Cupich of the Diocese of Spokane as the  Archbishop of Chicago and successor to Cardinal Francis George. Cupich, 65, will be installed as archbishop on Nov. 18. Cardinal George will retain the office until then. Archbishop-designate Cupich has served as bishop of Spokane, Wash., since 2010. He was born…

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Sep

End-of-life issues can be difficult to consider and talk about. That's why the Catholic Conference of Illinois and the Illinois Catholic Health Association asked a Catholic ethicist to put together a question-and-answer sheet on Illinois' voluntary POLST (Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form. State lawmakers in 2014 passed legislation updating the POLST form, refining the…

 

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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.