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News Digest

Issue of October 14 – October 27, 2007
The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.

News Update

Cathedral hosts historic festival

The archdiocese and the Office for Divine Worship will host a music festival with adult, teen and children’s choirs participating together, for the first time, in a liturgical performance at the 5:15 p.m. Oct. 21 Mass, at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St.

The festival will be directed by guest conductor Richard P. Gibala, director of music at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Va.

Adult and children’s choirs will rehearse together at the cathedral prior to the event. The public is invited to be present at the liturgy.

Good Shepherd celebrates 100

The House of the Good Shepherd Women’s Board Centennial luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 4, at The Four Seasons Hotel. The event includes silent and live auctions, and speaker Michele Weldon, a survivor of domestic violence.

For 100 years the sisters and staff of the House of the Good Shepherd have provided a safe and nurturing environment for abused women and their children while they rebuild their lives.

Tickets are $150 per person by Oct. 20. For tickets and information, contact Women’s Board President Joanne Madura, at (847) 698-0339 or e-mail her at [email protected]. Donations can be sent to the House of the Good Shepherd at P.O. Box 13453, Chicago, IL 60613.

News Digest

Cardinal’s message touches on terrorism

In a message to the Muslim world, a leading Vatican official denounced terrorism and all violence committed in the name of religion.

The message also took aim at religious discrimination, saying the rights of all believers must be protected during the “troubled times we are passing through.”

Pope: Recognition of natural law’s ethics would promote human dignity

The foundation of human rights, democracy, and cooperation among peoples and religions is threatened by a growing assumption that there are no ethical absolutes, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Not recognizing that certain ethical and moral principles are naturally part of being human has “enormous and serious consequences on the civil and social order,” Pope Benedict said in an Oct. 5 meeting with members of the International Theological Commission.

Seven Catholic schools get national Blue Ribbons

Seven Catholic schools form the Archdiocese of Chicago will be honored by the U.S. Department of Education with the No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Award.

The principal and a teacher from each school will receive the awards in Washington D.C. Nov. 12-13.

Officials from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Ascension School in Oak Park, St. Colette in Rolling Meadows, St. Francis de Sales in Lake Zurich: St. Germaine in Oak Lawn, Immaculate Conception (Talcott Avenue), and St. Mary of Annunciation in Mundelein all were notified of the honor on Oct. 2.

ACCW celebrates 75th anniversary at luncheon

The members of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women have helped make the voices of women heard, Cardinal George said at their 75th annual luncheon Oct. 6.

The event, with the theme “That All May Be One,” included an address by Cardinal George; a presentation by Rita Cox, the ACCW president; and presentations of a $4,000 college scholarship and contributions to two charitable organizations.

DePaul opens Catholic chapel, hires two faculty

DePaul University students returned to the campus this year to find two new faculty for the Catholic studies program, and a new Catholic chapel in the student center.

The St. Louise de Marillac Chapel is immediately visible to everyone who walks into the student center, with glass walls on three sides and a crucifix icon that is backlit 24 hours a day. It was designed by iconographer Meltem Aktas, who has done work in many churches in the archdiocese.

Cub fan serenades St. Mary School

Elinore Triner has been a Cub fan her whole life, so when she saw a chance to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch, she jumped at it.

Triner, 81, was among 10 finalists in the “Ultimate 7th Inning Stretch Competition” to sing at the Sept. 22 game at Wrigley, but she was not the ultimate winner. That honor went to Dustin Egleseder, a 22-year-old Iowan, who recently completed six months of chemotherapy for bone cancer.

Archdiocese applauds lay people for service

Each year, the Archdiocese of Chicago honors lay people who have brought God into their communities with the Bishop Quarter Awards, for those who have given service in their vicariates, and the Christifidelis award, for those who have served their parishes.

Chico the cat tells how his friend became Pope Benedict

Chico the cat thinks he is in the “purrfect” position to tell children the story of how one of his best friends became Pope Benedict XVI.

The cat’s tale is confirmed, at least as far as the facts of the papal biography go, by Msgr. Georg Ganswein, Pope Benedict’s personal secretary and the author of the preface to the Italian children’s book, “Joseph and Chico: A Cat Recounts the Life of Pope Benedict XVI.”

Loyola reopens lakefront chapel

Seventy years after the first stone was laid, Loyola University Chicago’s Madonna della Strada Chapel has reopened with a brighter, warmer atmosphere.

The Art Deco chapel building now has a new Italian marble floor, new chairs with kneelers, and a new altar and tabernacle.

Queen of Peace coach has winning formula

Anne Malone never played volleyball when she was a student at Queen of Peace High School in suburban Burbank.

Malone, after all, graduated in 1973, just before Title 9 required school systems to provide equal athletic opportunities to both girls and boys.