Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.
It's not exactly a holy war, but churches have been forced to develop a new battle plan to recapture people's interest from the myriad other obligations, attractions and distractions vying for their time and attention.
WHITING | The bond between the Rev. John Kalicky and Whiting runs deep.
WHITING | Although dwindling attendance and a shortage of priests resulted in a decision earlier this year to discontinue Sunday Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, the adjacent grotto continues to thrive.
SCHERERVILLE | Walking with a slight limp Thursday evening, Cardinal Francis George, of the Archdiocese of Chicago, inspired those attending the 100th anniversary celebration of St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home with his presence and his determination in the face of cancer and chemotherapy.
Charlie Blum, president, CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, still recalls the first "big stage entertainers" he ever purchased a ticket to see on stage.
VATICAN CITY | In an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future, retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday to formally install new cardinals who will elect their successor.
Though Pope Francis has been the leader of the Catholic Church for less than a year, many Catholics in Northwest Indiana report an overwhelming positive response to the new leadership.
The teenage generation is usually generalized as more liberal, or just more accepting, than the preceding generations.
Times columnist Philip Potempa's parents Peggy and Chester were married in 1953 with Peggy's twin sister Patty as the maid of honor and family friend Joe Ruszczyk as best man.
Rev. Benjamin Ross kneels before a statue of Mary in the grotto outside St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Munster, Ind. Ross, 27, is the newest and youngest priest in the Gary Diocese.
Rev. Benjamin Ross outside St. Thomas More Church in Munster, Ind.
HAMMOND | Thousands sang as they walked, skipped and in some cases danced down Hohman Avenue and its sidewalks Saturday afternoon as a Polish Catholic pilgrimage traveled from Chicago's South Side to Munster.
MUNSTER | About 4,000 to 5,000 people will walk through Lake County this weekend as part of the annual Polish Catholic pilgrimage from a South Side Chicago church to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine at the Salvatorian Fathers Monastery in Merrillville.
HOBART | St. Bridget Catholic Church, 568 E. 2nd St., holds its annual festival on Friday and Saturday.
Like many people who meet Pope Francis I, a region priest says he was struck by the pontiff's humanity when the two met last month in Rome.
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