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Am I a bad Catholic if I don't agree with everything the pope says?

Am I a bad Catholic if I don't agree with everything the pope says?
In Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. he has spoken on many topics from helping the homelessness to supporting immigrants and against climate change. I agree with his stance on these issues. He reminds us that Jesus was homeless and how most Americans have immigrant roots. He compels us to take care of our planet.... Read more »

Andina: An opera by Chicago's first Hispanic composer

Andina: An opera by Chicago's first Hispanic composer
Two years ago in a box in his aunt’s basement, Arlen Parsa found a musical score. Crumpled and faded, it was an opera written by his late great grandfather in the early 1930s. Eustasio Rosales came to the U.S. from Colombia as a young man. Parsa had heard stories that his great grandfather was a... Read more »

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 18 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 18 days 'til Christmas
Santa came out to meet children in the Pilsen neighborhood Friday night. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! Santa Claus is coming to town.   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can... Read more »
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Storm delays Bears game, tornadoes reported southwest of city

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Pilsen artists open studios

Gerry Lang in his studio at 2000 S. Leavitt St.
The 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend. You can visit studios, galleries and local businesses showcasing the work of local artists until 6 p.m. today. Some of the artists have lived in the neighborhood for many years. You can see the work that inspires murals by Mexican artist Hector... Read more »

Mexico hurricane victims need help

Mexico hurricane victims need help
A recent news story that you might have missed was about the hurricane and tropical storm that struck southern Mexico, especially in the area around Acapulco. Tropical Storm Manuel came in from the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Ingrid from the Pacific serving up a double dose of damage in Mexico. More than 120 people... Read more »
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This Labor Day remember low-wage workers

This Labor Day remember low-wage workers
This Labor Day weekend, let’s consider people who make at or little more than minimum wage. Low-wage workers protested and went on strike at fast-food and retail businesses in Chicago and 50 cities across the country on Thursday. The main Chicago protest was held at the Rock N Roll McDonalds. Consider that if you make... Read more »

CPS tears down Pilsen fieldhouse amid protest

CPS tears down Pilsen fieldhouse amid protest
La Casita, an old fieldhouse next to Whittier Elementary School in Pilsen torn down Saturday morning, represented many things to local parents. It was a community center where parents took English classes. It had a library with more than 2,500 donated books. It was a place where children learned Mexican folkloric dance. It also offered... Read more »

Fiesta del Sol shines in Pilsen

Fiesta del Sol shines in Pilsen
Fiesta del Sol kicked off Thursday night in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The neighborhood festival runs through Sunday night starting at 1400 W. Cermak Road. It features music, food and carnival games like Fun Slide and Twister for the children. It is an annual fundraising event organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. The entrance is free... Read more »
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Women's History: Latinas making progress

Women's History: Latinas making progress
Today is International Women’s Day and March also is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when I reflect on Latina women, feminism, our accomplishments and how far we have come and how far we have to go. Yes, Latinas are breaking barriers.  Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina or Latino Supreme Court Justice. Ellen Ochoa... Read more »