Preview: Project offers spiritual aid to the homeless


Wayne Richard had never been on a retreat before. The Chicago native had been raised Catholic by his grandmother, who sent him to parochial grammar and high schools before she died. That's when Richard, at 15, ended up living on the streets.

After years of homelessness and addiction, Richard got help through the Cathedral Shelter, run by the Episcopal diocese of Chicago. It was there, in 1999, that he met Jesuit Fr. Bill Creed, who was offering retreats for homeless men and women through what he called the Ignatian Spirituality Project.

Chicago's bitter cold doesn't stop march against 'culture of death'


Dana Mentgen donned six layers of clothing and made the trek downtown to Chicago's Federal Plaza Jan. 17 because he felt it was important to witness for life against the "culture of death."

"I think the majority of people are pro-life. It's just that we've been silent too long. We have to speak out," said Mentgen, a parishioner at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Old Mill Creek.

Conference presents black Catholic perspective on climate change


Since the release of the papal encyclical on the environment, the conversation about how the church responds to the negative effects of climate change has become more and more prevalent.

The issue reverberates stronger in poorer neighborhoods, whose residents will likely feel first -- and hardest -- the effects of climate change: whether exacerbated asthma attacks due to poor air quality, or higher health risks from more frequent summer heat waves. In Chicago, that often means those suffering are disproportionately people of color.



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December 2-15, 2016