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Church officials express hope after election in Jammu-Kashmir state

NEW DELHI (CNS) — The recent election for seats in the Jammu and Kashmir state legislative assembly has produced hoped-for results, said church leaders in India’s northernmost state. Bishop Peter Elampassery of Jammu-Srinagar told the Asian church news agency UCA News that he expects the new government to take the state forward “provided the separatist […]

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Church officials say Gazans urgently need humanitarian corridor

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Gazans are in need of urgent medical care and a humanitarian corridor, Catholic Church officials told Vatican Radio. “Many have lost hands or legs and need immediate care. Their situation is very difficult: They cannot go to Israel, to Egypt or to Jordan and they can’t even leave their homes,” Claudette […]

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Anti-trafficking law hailed as a step toward eradicating the problem

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The reauthorization of an anti-trafficking law signed at the White House Dec. 23 was hailed by the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee as “an important step toward eradicating this scourge.” Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City said in a statement that President George W. Bush had done much […]

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Last Chance Harvey

Rating: A-III (PG-13) Delicate romantic comedy about an isolated New York jingle composer (Dustin Hoffman) who travels to London for his estranged daughter’s (Liane Balaban) wedding and falls for a lonely airport employee (Emma Thompson). While somewhat predictable, writer-director Joel Hopkins’ skillfully wrought valentine to midlife romance — which also features Eileen Atkins as Thompson’s […]

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Valkyrie

Rating: A-II (PG-13) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Generally well-made and engrossing World War II thriller about the true-life final plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and take over the government by a group […]

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Quad City Right to Life offers dining coupon book

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Quad City Right to Life (QCRTL) is offering a way to support its work on behalf of life and save money at the same time through sales of “The Quad Cities Dining Tour” coupon book. This is the fifth year the organization is using the book, which includes 200 coupons for area […]

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Local expert encourages wide reading of text

A new Vatican document on biomedical ethics provides a teaching opportunity, especially for infertile Catholic couples who do not understand the church’s stand against in vitro fertilization, according to a local natural family planning and fertility care specialist. “Dignitas Personae” (“The Dignity of a Person”), an instruction issued last Friday by the Vatican Congregation for […]

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Spanish rosary at St. Mark’s

It was fiesta time in St. Mark’s Church in Peoria last Friday afternoon, as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, joined students, staff and parents of St. Mark’s School to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe by praying the rosary in Spanish. Bishop Jenky had received letters from St. Mark’s seventh grade Spanish class, […]

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Champaign Mass marks Guadalupe feast

CHAMPAIGN — More than 600 Spanish-speaking Catholics from the Champaign area were urged to let Mary lead them closer to Christ during a Spanish Mass celebrated in a festively decorated St. Matthew’s Church here on the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “Our Lady always appears to open the way to a better […]

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School and church addition wows them at St. Vincent’s

The words “rejoice” and “wow” were frequently heard last weekend at dedication ceremonies for a major school and church expansion project at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Peoria. Noting that the dedication took place on the Third Sunday of Advent, known as “Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, opened the Mass preceding the […]

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