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Forum examines response to torture by U.S. in interrogating prisoners

NEW YORK (CNS) — A Fordham University forum talked about the response of American political, military, religious and medical groups to the use of torture in interrogations of prisoners by the United States since the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Oct. 21 event was sponsored by the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and drew 150 […]

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Nonviolence is conviction that love can conquer evil, says cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Nonviolence is not a strategic tool; it is the firm conviction that evil can be conquered with love and truth, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. The cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, prayed that all religions that encourage nonviolence would work together “to promote truth, light, mutual respect, freedom […]

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The Secret Life of Bees

Rating: A-III (PG-13) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Beautifully produced adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s best-seller set in South Carolina about a spiritual beekeeper (Queen Latifah) and her sisters (Alicia Keys […]

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Natural Family Planning speaker drew line in the sand

She wasn’t comfortable with it, but Diane Dunniway could rationalize prescribing contraception — at first. A nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health, she knew Catholic physicians who were prescribing contraception and she figured the women she was seeing would just go elsewhere to get what they wanted anyway. “At least I was giving them information […]

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Teddy bears coax smiles from tears

CHAMPAIGN — Anyone who has seen a child with a teddy bear knows the comfort and joy these stuffed creatures bring to those who are hugging them. The Provena Hospice Center for Grief, Loss and Hope has found this to be especially true for people who are coping with the death of someone they loved. […]

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Chant school forming; first session Nov. 1

In an effort to increase the knowledge of and appreciation for Gregorian chant in the Diocese of Peoria, a Cathedral Chant School has been formed and the first session is next Saturday, Nov. 1. People with all levels of musical experience are welcome to come to the class, which will be held from 1 to […]

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Spalding Pastoral Center nears completion

To applause and expressions of admiration, the new Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Peoria was crowned with gold-colored crosses last Thursday. Perhaps none of the onlookers was as pleased as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who sang out a line of the hymn, “Lift High the Cross,” when the north […]

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Living Rosary part of diocesan festival Sunday

Those attending the Diocesan Rosary Festival this Sunday, Oct. 26, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria can expect a prayerful experience resembling ceremonies at Marian shrines such as in Lourdes, France, or Fatima, Portugal, according to planners. The schedule of the service, which is open to the public and begins at 3:30 p.m., was announced […]

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Catholic, Muslim women talk

MOLINE — “Grant us the life of true peace.” Voices flowed together in the ancient words of a prayer of the Prophet Muhammad on Oct. 20 during the second session of the third annual Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue. Both sessions took place at the Islamic Center of the Quad-Cities in Moline and were a joint effort […]

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Funeral Mass in Peru for Fr. Bawiec

PERU — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated a funeral Mass on Monday at St. Valentine’s Church here for Father Edward J. Bawiec, 83, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and pastor emeritus of St. Valentine’s Parish. Father Bawiec, a native of Oglesby and a World War II veteran, died at 4:10 p.m. […]

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