Beyond The Headlines

Beyond the Headlines RadioTuesdays: 8 – 8:30 a.m.


Hosted by editor Joyce Duriga, Beyond the Headlines is a show that takes a closer look at the stories and the people featured in each edition of the Chicago Catholic newspaper. To read more about Chicago Catholic, go to

Assisted Suicide Legislation in Illinois

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Chicao Catholic editor, Joyce Duriga, talks with the executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois about assisted suicide legislation in Illinois

Remain In Me Eucharistic Program for Parishes

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga talks with the director of the Office for Life Long Formation, Kevin Foy, about the Remain In Me Eucharistic Program for Parishes.

Fired Up Fridays!

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga interviews Jesus "Chuy" DeLeon about Fired Up Friday's at the Blessed Sacrament Youth Center in North Lawndale.

Buckets of Hope

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Chicago Catholic editor, Joyce Duriga, spends time talking with Deacon John Vidmar about the Buckets of Hope Ministry.

The Shrine of St. Frances Cabrini

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is a shrine in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, honoring the Roman Catholic saint who ministered there, Frances Xavier Cabrini. It was originally part of the now-demolished Columbus Hospital, which she founded in 1905, and where she died in 1917. In this episode of Chicago Catholic: Beyond the Headlines, Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga talks with Fr. Ramil Fajardo about the shrine.

St. Francis Catholic Worker House in Uptown

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Tips for Enriching Your Advent

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Mass of healing for those suffering from addiction.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

What It Means to Be A Missionary Disciple

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga spends time talking with Beth White about the recent Archdiocesan Day of Renewal.

Running 50 Marathons for Charity

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga talks with Fr. Mike Bradley, who raises money for the Heart to Heart Ministry at St. Gertrude's parish by running. Fr. Mike just ran in his 50th marathon.

Relics, Saints, and the Exhumation Process

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Deacon David Keene is a canon lawyer who serves as chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, but he also holds a doctorate in archeology and is an expert in the exhumation of human remains. Before he retired, federal, state, county and local officials regularly called him when remains were found and needed to be preserved or relocated. The archdiocese called on him to conduct the exhumation of the remains of Venerable Father Augustus Tolton in 2016. He also led the 2021 exhumation of Father Patrick Ryan, whose canonization cause is underway in the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee. He recently sat down with editor Joyce Duriga to talk about the church’s history of preserving relics of saints and the exhumation of Father Tolton.

House of Hope Resale Shop

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Editor Joyce Duriga interviews Sue Olafson, executive director of Hope Ministries, about the House of Hope Resale Shop that has raised over $600,000 this year to support outreach efforts at St. Anne Parish in Barrington.

Parishes Accompanying Migrant Families

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga talks with Fr. Carl Morello, Pastor of both Ascension-St. Edmund and St. Catherine of Sienna-St. Lucy and St. Giles Parish, also in Oak Park, and Celine Woznica from Ascension-St. Edmund Parish in Oak Park, about the work being done in welcoming the stranger as they accompany migrant families who are trying to find a better life.

The Catholic Church's Work to End Racism

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga spends time talking with Bishop Joseph Perry about how the Church is working to confront racism.

A Conversation with Vince Gerasole

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga talks to Vince Gerasole about his career in the media and his current role as Director of Multi Media Content at the Archdiocese of Chicago.

A Discussion with Staff Writer, Michelle Martin

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga talks to Michelle Martin, Staff Writer at the Chicago Catholic newspaper.

Award Winning Band Director at Marian Catholic High School

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga has a conversation with the award winning band director at Marian Catholic High School, Greg Bimm.

Life as a Retired Priest Pastor

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga has a conversation with Fr. Dominic Grassi, Pastor Emeritus at St. Josephat Parish

Building Beds for Kids in Need

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga talks with Daniel Palmeri and Daniel Harris about the work they do building beds for kids in need.

Dawn Eden Goldstein, author of “Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Sponsor

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga is joined by author Dawn Eden Goldstein

Updates on the Eucharistic Revival in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga is joined by Franciscan Sister Alicia Torres and Kambra French from Carmel Catholic High School.

Therapy Dog Brings Joy to Students at St. Patrick High School

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga is joined by Melissa Moroko and her dog Patrick

Led By The Holy Spirit

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga is joined by Lauretta Froelich from Charismatic Renewal

2022 Year In Review

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga, Editor of Chicago Catholic newspaper, is joined by Michelle Martin, journalist at Chicago Catholic, and Karen Callaway, photographer at Chicago Catholic. Together they revisit some of the stories that were covered in the newspaper during 2022.

New Innovation Center Preparing Students for Next Generation of Jobs

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Christ the King Jesuit College Prep in the city's Austin neighborhood has created a state-of-the-art innovation lab and makers space to help prepare its students for the next generation of jobs. Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga interviews Clement Martin, president of CTK, about the new center and how it benefits the students, many of whom will be the first in their families to go to college.

30 Years of Archdiocesan Child Sexual Abuse Protections

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga interviews John O’Malley, longtime director of legal services for the archdiocese and now special counsel, about the formation of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s policies to protect children from clergy sexual abuse that also laid the foundation for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. They discuss the history of these protections, lessons learned and today’s practices.

South Shore Parish Trains Youth to Practice Nonviolence

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
A group of parishioners from St. Josephine Bakhita Parish in the city’s South Shore neighborhood is taking action to reduce violence by training youth in middle school and high school to identify violence in their lives and communities and respond with nonviolence. Guests: Elfriede Wedam and Andre Rawls, parishioners at St. Josephine Bakhita Parish in South Shore

St. Gregory’s Hall part of Mary, Mother of God Parish’s unique evangelization effort

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga welcomes Conventual Franciscan Friar Robert Cook, pastor of Mary, Mother of God Parish, and Mark Franzen, director of St. Gregory's Hall, to talk about new unique, geographical parish ministries that emerged out of a Renew My Church unification.

Parish Raising $800,000 In Tax Credit Scholarships For Its Sharing School

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Anthony Holter, President of Empower Illinois, talks to host Joyce Duriga about tax credit scholarships and how one local parish is raising $800,000 in tax credit scholarships for it's sharing school.

Women Religious Hold Monthly Vigils to Pray for Homicide Victims

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Sr. Donna Liette, C.PP.S. discusses her ministry and how women religious are now holding monthly vigils to pray for homicide victims.

The Diaconate In Chicago

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
The new Vicar for Deacons in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Deacon James Norman, joined host Joyce Duriga to talk about the diaconate in Chicago.

The National Eucharistic Revival.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Sr. Alicia Torres from the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels joined host Joyce Duriga to discuss the National Eucharistic Revival.

Misericordia Home Opens New Drive Through Bakery and Café

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Our Lady of the Wayside using bulletin cover to promote parishioner's art

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Guests: Sean Reilly and Danielle Pitzer

Chapel Renovation Elevates Worship at UIC Newman Center

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
The chapel at the University of Illinois at Chicago recently underwent renovations and was dedicated by Cardinal Cupich on Jan. 8, 2022. The chapel renovation was part of a larger renovation of the center that included the addition of a coffee bar and updated gathering space.

Furthering Catholic Thought at Universities

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Host Joyce Duriga talks to Michael Le Chevallier from the Lumen Christi Institute about the catholic programming and discussions that are available on college campuses.

Relics of Mexican martyrs find permanent home in Cicero

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Our Lady of the Mount Church in Cicero is now home to relics of three Mexican martyrs killed during the Cristero War in the late 1920s, Sts. Turibio Romo, José Luis Sánchez del Río and José María Robles. The relics will be permanently installed in a new altar at the completion of ongoing renovations.

Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Host Joyce Duriga talks to Katie Joy Daufenbach about the brand-new Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture, opening in the building adjacent and pertaining to St. Alphonsus Parish, on Wellington. If you don’t know the building, it includes a beautiful 900 seat proscenium stage built in 1911.


Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Vince Gerasole, Director of Multimedia Content for the Archdiocese of Chicago, leads a conversation with Chicago Catholic Editor, Joyce Duriga, about the stories and topics featured in the latest edition of Chicago Catholic, with a focus on "the year in review."

Mundelein Architecture was a Response to Society

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Host Joyce Duriga talks with Denis McNamara about how Cardinal Mundelein wanted the architecture of Mundelein Seminary to be a response to American society.

Group raising money to repair Nativity scene in Daley Plaza

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Members of the God Squad‚ a team of volunteers from Chicago-area parishes, assembled the Nativity at Daley Plaza on Nov. 27, 2021. The annual tradition, now in its 36th year, is the only traditional display of the Nativity Scene in downtown Chicago’s public square. The group has launched a fundraising campaign to restore the statues and replace the major portions of the scene, some of which are over 30 years old.

FIRE Foundation Helps Educate Students With Special Needs

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Guests are Darlene Duggan, vice president of the FIRE Foundation of Greater Chicago, and Michael Kendrick, principal of St. James School in Arlington Heights

The Impact of the Chicago Fire on Catholics

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Host Joyce Duriga sits down with Ellen Skerrett to talk about Fr. Damen and the impact of the Chicago fire on Catholics.