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Episcopal Diocese of Chicago elects the Rev. Paula Clark, its first Black and first female bishop

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 14, 2020

(RNS) — Clark, a native of Washington, D.C., is canon to the ordinary and chief of staff in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration near Chicago, largest in US, canceled due to COVID-19

By Alejandra Molina — November 24, 2020

(RNS) — More than 200,000 devotees normally attend the celebration, some walking barefoot and carrying statues of the Virgin.

Chicago church releases a beer for Advent — and the end of the world

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Church members stopped by to pick up the wreaths they’d ordered for the coming Advent season — OK, so they were cardboard drink holders filled with Advent-themed beers and topped with a green ribbon and Christ candle to light on Christmas Eve.

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago planning to sell downtown headquarters

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 16, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — ‘Maintaining an underused diocesan headquarters in an expensive building on prime real estate is not good stewardship of diocesan assets,’ said Episcopal Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee of Chicago.

Chicago celebrates Juneteenth with interfaith march through iconic Grant Park

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 19, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Thousands of people came out for a faith community-led march celebrating Juneteenth on Friday afternoon (June 19) through downtown Chicago’s Grant Park, home to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions.

‘The church will not be silent’: Clergy lead thousands in peaceful protest on Chicago’s South Side

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 3, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — People of faith are taking a more active role in the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death that have spread from Minneapolis to all 50 states and around the world.

Paczki Day brings Chicagoans together for one last indulgence before Lent

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 25, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — By 7 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 25), 17 people stood in line at Kolatek’s Bakery, wrapping around the produce section of the store, ready to buy the fried dough stuffed with a myriad of jams and custards. A signal that Lent is a day away — and today is one last chance to feast.

George Clements, Chicago priest known for adopting sons, dies at 87

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 26, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — The civil rights activist’s life turned into a made-for-TV movie after he became the first Catholic priest to adopt a child.

Chicago suburb seeks to block church’s winter homeless shelter

By Aysha Khan — November 12, 2019

(RNS) — Last month, Hope Covenant Church opened the first homeless shelter in Chicago’s affluent suburban Village of Orland Park in more than three decades. The overnight shelter is open every Tuesday until April — unless a lawsuit by village officials succeeds.

Chicago churches join growing movement of congregations paying off medical debt

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 28, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — A group of Chicago churches is joining a growing trend of congregations paying off medical debt for the people in their communities and beyond — and hoping to start a movement.

Chicago History Museum shares stories of ‘American Medina’ in new exhibit

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 21, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — The Windy City has also earned the nickname ‘American Medina’ as a leading area for Muslim communities in the United States, according to a new Chicago History Museum exhibition.

Meet the Catholic sister nominated for an ESPY Award for her wicked curveball

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 25, 2019

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Illinois (RNS) — Last year, Sister Mary Jo Sobieck bounced a baseball off her bicep, threw a perfect curveball and became a viral sensation. Now she’s nominated for an ESPY.

‘Somebody out there wants to hurt us’: Arson in Boston, Chicago rattles local Jews

By Aysha Khan — May 21, 2019

BOSTON (RNS) — A rash of fires that police say were intentionally set at Jewish community centers around Boston and in Chicago last week has left Jewish groups feeling vulnerable.

Moody Bible Institute to stop publishing student paper

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 7, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — The Moody Standard, formerly called the Moody Student, is the historic Christian college’s longest-running club.

Facing scandal and division, US Catholic bishops to hold unprecedented retreat

By Paul O'Donnell — October 23, 2018

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Catholic bishops of the U.S. announced Tuesday (Oct. 23) that at the behest of Pope Francis they will meet for a weeklong retreat in Chicago in January.

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