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Faith initiative uses sounds of worship to help build bridges

The dynamic recitation of the Quran by Islamic children, a Jewish cantor chanting and melodically interpreting an ancient Hebrew prayer and a gospel choir rocking the pews — these are among the many sounds of faith. Such sounds bring people closer to God and can …

Pope Francis’ approach reminds Catholic church leaders of Cardinal Bernardin


Catholic church leaders say they see parallels between Pope Francis and the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who was beloved in Chicago and beyond.

Malcolm X heirs seek to block diary publication


Heirs of Malcolm X have gone to court to stop a Chicago company from publishing a diary of the activist leader’s last year. They say in papers filed in Manhattan federal court that Third World Press does not have the right to publish “The Diary of Malcolm X.”

Accelerant found in ‘suspicious’ Northwest Side church fire


Investigators have confirmed an accelerant was used in multiple places to spark a fire in a Northwest Side church early Saturday — just a day after bricks were thrown through the 85-year-old church’s front doors. No one was reported injured in the fire at Outreach Community Church in the 4300 block of West Parker. The blaze broke out about 3:20 a.m., and was extinguished within about 40 minutes, fire officials said. Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were immediately notified.

Obama nurtures his faith, advisers say


President Barack Obama isn’t an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church. He almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But away from the public eye, his advisers say the president has nurtured a spirituality that’s served to help ground him during turbulent times.

Archdiocese sets up website for prayers for Cardinal George


Calling prayers and well wishes for Cardinal Francis George a “significant aspect of his continuing health journey,” the Archdiocese of Chicago has set up a link on its Web site for the public to directly contact the Catholic leader.

George, 75, announced last week that …