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Joyce Duriga

About the Blogger

Joyce Duriga is editor of the Catholic New World. She has worked in communications and media for Catholic organizations for several years. Most recently, she served as assistant editor at Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newsweekly.

Blog posts by Joyce Duriga

  • Monday, December 28, 2015

    2015 Year in Review

    It's that time of year when news outlets galore are looking back on the highlights of 2015 and predicting the highlights of 2016.


  • Monday, December 29, 2014

    2014 Year in Review

    2014 was an eventful year for the Archdiocese of Chicago, not least because of the appointment and installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich. But that’s not the only thing that happened in the last year. Some of the highlights include:


  • Monday, August 04, 2014

    Sharing Stories of Faith Lived

    At the Catholic New World we get to tell stories about the different ways people live out their Catholic faith. It's often inspiring.


  • Monday, November 04, 2013

    Living under the radar

    From Oct. 21-24, Auxiliary Bishop John Manz made his 10th visit to migrant workers on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Over the years, Bishop Manz has crisscrossed the country visiting these workers, who often fall under the radar of the local community and the church.


  • Monday, June 24, 2013

    Thinking About Religious Liberty on Independence Day

    As people buy their Fourth of July decorations and make plans for the day celebrating our nation's independence, the U.S. bishops once again are asking Catholics to take time to pray and take action for religious freedom in our country.


  • Monday, April 15, 2013

    A medal of honor for a servant of God

    During times of war, the worst of humanity can surface but so can its goodness. One such example of goodness was Father Emil Kapaun who brought faith and hope to his comrades in a Korean War prison camp and to whom President Obama awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor on April 11.


  • Monday, March 11, 2013

    Electing a New Pope

    Lots of people are talking about it. The cardinal-electors of the Catholic Church will enter conclave on Tuesday and in all likelihood we should have a new pope by the end of the week.


  • Monday, September 17, 2012

    120 years of sharing the good news

    On Sept. 10, 1892, Benjamin Harrison was president of the United States, plans for the Columbian Exposition were well underway and Patrick Feehan was serving as the first archbishop of the newly elevated Archdiocese of Chicago. On that day, 120 years ago, the first edition of the New World hit newsstands, selling for 5 cents. The name has changed over the years -- from the New World, taken from the World's Fair, to the Chicago Catholic and then to the Catholic New World -- but the ministry has remained the same: bringing the good news of the Gospel to the people of God.


  • Monday, October 25, 2010

    The Importance of an Apology

    I’m sorry. Simple words that can have a powerful impact, but words we don’t offer enough to those we love the most, according to two recent studies by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada.


  • Monday, June 21, 2010

    The Spirituality of Rest

    Ever since the first days of elementary school and the promise of summer vacation, many of us have looked to the summer months with great anticipation. When we were younger, it was a time for seemingly endless play. Trips to the pool or lake. Playing outside with friends. Now that we’re older, many of us still look forward to summer as a time for vacations and activity. It’s a time to breathe freer. Rest. Relax. Pray. Slow down. Talk to God a little more.


  • Monday, December 28, 2009

    Harden not your hearts

    Pope Benedict XVI gave a brief address to the city of Rome on Dec. 8 that could have easily been given to people living in the Chicago area, or any city for that matter.


  • Monday, October 05, 2009

    Theology through the headlines

    When people find out that I work for the Catholic Church often they ask me questions about the faith, especially if they are Catholic. Almost as often they have a misunderstanding of what the church teaches on certain things. When I ask where they are getting their information, they frequently reply, “I read it in (insert name of favorite local newspaper or magazine here),” or “I heard it on (insert name of popular cable news channel or local news broadcast here).”