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The term "progressive" is not often used to describe John Patrick Cardinal Cody, but about 30 years ago the late prelate instituted a program that paired suburban Catholic parishes with Catholic churches in the city, a fairly progressive idea in the early 1980s.
Thirty people gathered last Saturday morning at St. Catherine/St. Lucy Catholic Church to begin their "Peace Pilgrimage" to end gun violence. After an hour of readings, songs and prayer, the group took a bus to Ascension in Oak Park and then to St. Martin de Porres on Chicago's West Side where they repeated the same format.
The 19-member Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC) is kicking off a campaign this week to raise awareness across the communities about who and how many are homeless here and to improve referrals for those who are already homeless or at risk of homelessness.