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South African churches rally to help victims of xenophobic violence

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Hundreds of victims of xenophobic violence in South Africa are being housed in church halls in Durban as the country’s faith communities and civil society rally to help those displaced. “We’re housing more than 430 people, mostly from Zimbabwe, but also from Mozambique, Malawi, Burundi and the Democratic Republic […]

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Pollsters say immigration not a top issue for voters in ’08 election

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With a sour economy, a war in its sixth year, gas prices at record levels and good health care increasingly unattainable, voters have other priorities ahead of worries about illegal immigration, pollsters say. A May voter survey found immigration to be voters’ fifth biggest concern behind those other issues, with 7 percent […]

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Vatican newspaper responds to U.S. journal on human dignity, science

By: By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Protecting human dignity is the only guiding principle that ensures progress in biomedical technology does not harm the weakest humans, the Vatican newspaper said. Using human dignity as the guiding principle for determining what is medically and scientifically ethical is not simply a Catholic approach and it […]

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Guest column: Now what? Share the gift

Graduation ceremonies are taking place this month in schools around the Diocese of Peoria. Following is the full text of a homily given by Father Gregory Ketcham during a Mass at Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises for 83 students last Sunday at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign. Father Ketcham is chaplain and […]

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Homework for graduates

By: – Thomas J. Dermody, editor-in-chief The days of assigned school homework are over, at least for the summer, for most of the high school and college members of the Class of 2008. But young people about to enter new stages in life would do well to spend a few hours this summer with “The […]

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Diocesan tribute to John Paul II June 13

Whether your goal is becoming a better teacher of the Catholic faith, or simply becoming a better Catholic, there is much to learn from the life and example of the late Pope John Paul II. One of the keynote speakers at next month’s Diocesan Summer Institute, George Weigel, is uniquely qualified to help people increase […]

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70 years of marriage, one parish for Moline couple

Photo Caption: Irene and Merlyn Boostrom of Sacred Heart Parish in Moline were married on May 30, 1938. “We just always got along,” said Irene as the couple prepared to mark their 70th anniversary. By: By Jennifer Willems MOLINE — Irene DeGreve knew what year Merlyn Boostrom graduated from high school, she just didn’t realize […]

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Reflection: Inspiration in our backyard

Editor’s note: The writer teaches first grade at St. Matthew’s School in Champaign. I will never forget the morning that Nicole handed me a note when dropping her son, Liam, off in my first grade classroom at St. Matthew’s School in Champaign. Nicole walked in my class with a small handwritten note. She had the […]

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