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Judith Valente

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Chicago Remembers Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer

Gwendolyn Brooks' poetry presented readers with a look into the life of African-Americans. → Read More

Forget Washington. For budget dysfunction, look to Illinois.

The Illinois General Assembly ended its regular session on May 31 without passing a budget for the third year in a row. The length of the legislative stalemate is unprecedented. → Read More

Forget Washington. For budget dysfunction, look to Illinois.

The Illinois General Assembly ended its regular session on May 31 without passing a budget for the third year in a row. The length of the legislative stalemate is unprecedented. → Read More

Chicago Catholic high school students among those with stolen photos shared online

Illinois is one of about 35 states that have “revenge laws” that prohibit anyone from publicly disseminating intimate or embarrassing content about others without their consent. → Read More

Meet the women building a community of Christian writers

The women of the Redbird Writers Guild shared a common belief that writing with faithful trust can lead to transformation—their own and ultimately that of their readers. → Read More

Can a coloring book help heal Chicago’s racial divide?

Mr. Thompson, one of the first African-Americans hired by a major Chicago advertising agency, is on a crusade to convince people of all races that this is not a black or white matter. Human beings represent a range of color. → Read More

For one Chicago parish, Gregorian Chant resonates

With chant “you’re expressing something in pure melody." → Read More

Outgoing Chicago U.S. attorney bemoans gun violence, urges reform

In a five page “open letter,” Zachary Fardon traced problems in the city’s most troubled neighborhoods to neglect “rooted in ugly truths about power politics, race and racism. → Read More

Priests should not review abuse claims, says former commission chair

Ms. Collins’ complaints “mirror” concerns she and other members of the National Review Board raised in the early years of the abuse scandal. “The whole thing spoke to me of ‘nothing’s changed.’” → Read More

Learned on the street: Chicago student finds a way out of college homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates as many as 58,000 students across the United States—about one in 10—face homelessness at some point during college. → Read More

After blistering report, what's next for Chicago police?

"You can change the training at the academy and retrain all of the current officers, but the biggest issue is changing the culture." → Read More

Can storytelling reduce gun violence in Chicago?

17 people were lost to gun violence in a single weekend. → Read More

Why Martin Luther matters, even within the Catholic Church

“Lutherans and Catholics are on the way to greater unity," says Martin Marty. → Read More

Illinois can't pass a budget and it's hurting those who need the most help.

The Illinois budget battle raises broader questions about whether the state has a moral obligation to care for its citizens in need. → Read More

Jesuit missionary recalls Tim Kaine’s mission work in Honduras

“As you pursue your own goals, you see always on the horizon the plight of the less fortunate, the plight of the marginalized. I saw that working in him." → Read More

Benedictine Sister Recalls Her Former Student, V.P. Nominee Mike Pence

Sister Bierman has this advice for Pence: Tone down the rhetoric about Hillary Clinton. → Read More

Women Are Ready for the Diaconate. Is the Church Ready for Them?

"I think this would be an opportunity for more women in ministry to come together with their male peers in a really holistic, beautiful way." → Read More

Nuns on the Bus remind the national conventions about the needs of the poor

This sisters represent "Pope Francis" voters on a tour through 13 states. → Read More

When two communities sit down together after the Orlando shooting

For most of the Muslims, it was the first time they had stepped inside a Christian church. → Read More

Children’s Questions for Francis From Around the World

"It's like being in the room with him and listening in to a very special conversation. It's him; it's the real man coming through loud and clear." → Read More