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Bishop Paprocki of Springfield tonight celebrated a Red Mass for those working in public service, drawing Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, several Illinois Supreme Court justices and state lawmakers. The bishop annually celebrates the Mass honoring legal professionals and public officials at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The tradition is traced back…


May 15, 2017 show State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, joins Bob to talk about last week's Senate passage of House Bill 40, which allows taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state employees. Gov. Bruce Rauner has promised to veto the legislation, but Senate leadership is using a procedural move…


The Illinois Senate today approved House Bill 40 on a vote of 33-22. You can view the vote count here. This legislation allows public money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state employees. CCI issued the following statement after final passage of HB 40.   Statement on Illinois


The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today appeared cautiously encouraged by President Donald Trump's executive order on religious freedom, issuing a statement saying the order "begins the process of alleviating the serious burden of the HHS mandate." Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said he and his brother bishops across the country "will…


The head of the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops today lamented Illinois House passage of legislation authorizing the use of taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, criticized lawmakers for turning a moral argument into campaign…


Cardinal Cupich of Chicago today issued a public thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promise to veto House Bill 40 if it reaches his desk. The controversial legislation would allow taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees — a provision that is currently prohibited by…


Bishop Edward K. Braxton of the Diocese of Belleville has a long-standing reputation as a scholar whose writings on a wide range of theological and pastoral topics spark meaningful dialogues among the Catholic faithful. While honing his academic skills, Bishop Braxton studied and taught at a variety of institutions of higher learning, including the Catholic…


Cardinal Cupich today unveiled a new anti-violence initiative sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago that has Pope Francis' personal stamp of approval. Speaking to media gathered at the Peace Corner Youth Center in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, Cardinal Cupich announced he was giving $250,000 of Archdiocesan discretionary funds to the new "Instruments of Peace Venture Philanthropy…


Pope Francis made global headlines nearly two years ago with his encyclical, Laudato Si', which calls for individuals to adopt an "integral ecology" in their approach to care of the environment. The Illinois legislature can now show support for such policies by resolving to safeguard state monies earmarked for solar energy developments. House Resolution




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.