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Pope’s encyclical said to give charities encouragement, guidance

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Domestic and international charitable organizations have found encouragement and helpful guidance in Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est” (“God Is Love”), said the heads of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services at a Nov. 9 workshop for bishops in Baltimore. One of the themes of the nearly 3-year-old encyclical […]

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Armed men kidnap two nuns who work with Somali refugees in Kenya

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Two Italian nuns, both in their 60s, were kidnapped Nov. 10 in northeastern Kenya near the border with Somalia, the Vatican newspaper reported. L’Osservatore Romano identified the nuns as Sister Caterina Giraudo, 67, and Sister Maria Teresa Oliviero, 61, both from Cuneo, Italy, where their religious order, the Contemplative Missionary Movement […]

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Rating: A-II (PG) 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. Four animal friends (voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith), stranded on the titular island, try to fly […]

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Cleaning up litter is . . . S.M.A.R.T.

Think of them as a battalion of soldiers waging war on litter. They are the 87 students of “S.M.A.R.T. Kids” at St. Mark’s School in Peoria. The program — “St. Mark Against Random Trash” — began a year ago as a way to clean up and beautify the area around the school. All the students […]

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Darin and Molly prepare to say ‘I do’ on Saturday

GENESEO — Their journey to the altar started when Darin Ries asked Molly McKean to marry him through an ad in the pages of The Catholic Post and she said “yes.” This Saturday, they will stand up in front of their friends and family at St. John the Baptist Church in Bradford and say, “I […]

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Offices begin move to new pastoral center next week

Moving week has arrived! Nearly all central offices of the Diocese of Peoria will be closed Monday through Friday, Nov. 10-14, as files and furniture are transported from the Sheen Pastoral Center in Peoria and several outlying locations to the nearly completed Spalding Pastoral Center at 419 N.E. Madison Ave. The offices of The Catholic […]

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Insights on purgatory at All Souls Day Mass

Purgatory is a “state of healing” and prayers for the dead are a “powerful help for their journey” to heaven, said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Diocesan All Souls Day Mass on Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The bishop shared several insights into purgatory during his homily, calling it “a means […]

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Co-directors named for Hispanic ministry

Two heads are better than one. That’s one of the main reasons Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek says he is pleased that Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed him and Father Fredi Gomez Torres as co-directors of the diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry. Another reason, Msgr. Rejsek told The Catholic Post, is that he and […]

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Building home at King’s House

Photo Caption: Enjoying the unseasonably warm weather at King’s House in Henry are (from left) Sister Isabel Romero, Sister Juana Maria Sanchez, Sister Sonia Mancuello and Sister Silvia Tarafa. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Good news travels fast, especially when prayers are being answered. That’s how the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus […]

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Seeking Christmas recipes

The Catholic Post is seeking Christmas recipes and memories for publication in our 2008 Christmas section, “A Taste of Christmas.” Along with the recipes for salads, main dishes, desserts, breads or beverages, we are asking readers to submit the stories about what makes these foods so special. Who passed the recipe down to you? What […]

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