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News Digest

Issue of October 25 – November 7, 2009The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.

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Preservationist priest honored

Jesuit Father George Lane, president and founder of Loyola Press and a founding member of the Holy Family Preservation Society, received the Presidents Award at the annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards ceremony Oct. 3.

Lane was honored for having been “one of the most dedicated advocates for church architecture and preservation in Chicago.” In 1981, he published “Chicago Churches and Synagogues,” an informative survey of Chicago-area religious buildings, and in 1990 he led the effort to stave off demolition of the historic 1857 Holy Family Church and helped raise more than $1 million in restoration funds.

Conference on voices of women

Catholic Theological Union will host “Hidden Treasures: Spiritual Wisdom through the Voices of Women in Judaism, Christianity and Islam” Nov. 8-9 on its campus at 5401 S. Cornell Ave.

The interreligious conference is sponsored by the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center at CTU, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, the archdiocese’s Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, the Servites and the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. For information, call the Bernardin Center at (773) 371-5432 or visit

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Little Sisters’ founder and priest who served leper colony in Hawaii among those canonized Oct. 11

Most who came from the United States for the Oct. 11 canonization ceremony were there for two of the five new saints: Belgian St. Damien de Veuster, who dedicated his life to those afflicted with leprosy in Molokai, Hawaii, and French-born St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.