Parish survey conducted by Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is conducting an online Parish Awareness Survey this month to gather information about the perceptions people have of Catholic Charities. “We use the survey as a way to sort of benchmark parishioners’ knowledge and awareness of Catholic Charities’ services,” said Celeste Matheson, director of communications for Catholic Charities. […]

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The Bishop of Rome and the river of life

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, Nov. 9 Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12; Psalm 46:2-3,5-6,8-9; 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11,16-17; John 2:13-22 In the year 311, the Edict of Toleration decriminalized Christianity, bringing an end to the long, bloody era of anti-Christian persecution. In 313, the Edict of Milan further secured […]

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Changes in nation, diocese

The central theme of this just concluded marathon election season was “change,” and change our nation will experience with Sen. Barack Obama as its next president. The White House will see a change of party, an historic change of race, a generational change, and significant shifts in direction on a host of issues. Change is […]

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Cardinal hopes forum opens new chapter in Catholic-Muslim relations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of the first meeting of the Catholic-Muslim Forum, the cardinal responsible for the dialogue said he hoped it would open “a new chapter” in a long history of Catholic-Muslim relations. French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, gave interviews in early November to […]

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Saw V

Rating: O (R) 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. Sordid horror sequel in which an FBI agent (Scott Patterson) suspects a police detective (Costas Mandylor) of aiding a sadistic maniac (Tobin Bell) […]

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