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Retired? Sister ‘JT’ serves Quad Cities

MOLINE — For 43 years, Sister Judith Terese McNulty, BVM, has called the Quad Cities home and she said she knows so many people now that she can’t misbehave — not that she would have the time. She volunteers at the Illini Campus of Genesis Medical Center in Silvis three days a week, helping people […]

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St. Stephen’s School in Streator to come down

STREATOR — From her office in the former convent of St. Stephen’s Parish, Sister Alice Ann Harcharik, OSF, can see St. Stephen’s School. “My, if this building could speak,” said Sister Alice Ann of the three-story structure, whose halls she once walked as a student and principal. Starting tomorrow, it will be up to the […]

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School enrollment in diocese slips slightly to 12,756

Catholic school enrollment in the Diocese of Peoria is again slightly less than it was the year before, continuing a trend seen locally since 2003. “Enrollment across the nation is down,” said Brother William Dygert, CSC, diocesan superintendent of schools, placing the diocese’s numbers in a fuller context. “But our enrollment is not as down […]

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As governor arrested, CCI head cites need for focus on common good

In the wake of the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday, the executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois said that “most public servants in Illinois are good and decent people called to serve for the right reasons,” but that “temptations are out there.” “We have seen too many examples of people […]

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Seasons of charity and hope

Photo Caption: Thirty-five Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions are contributing gifts to families in need through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. By: By Jared Olar Through a tradition of giving and service, Advent and Christmas have become seasons of hope, especially for those in need — and this month parishes and schools throughout […]

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Beneath state’s clouds, hope

Beneath those clouds hanging over the Illinois Capitol in Springfield and the political scene in Chicago, two true sources of hope are found this month. In Springfield, one week before the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the first ever privately funded Nativity scene to be displayed in the Capitol Building was dedicated Dec. 2 in […]

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The joy of our souls

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 14 Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11; (Psalm) Luke 1:46-48,49-50,53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28 Who are you? This question is often asked. In our modern world our identity can be our most guarded possession. We are asked to offer proof of identity all the time: traveling, shopping, on […]

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Human rights are ‘fragile’ if ethical foundation ignored, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The foundation upon which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is based will remain fragile if its ethical and divine origins are ignored, Pope Benedict XVI said during a Vatican commemoration of the document’s 60th anniversary. While much has been done over the past decades to promote and safeguard human rights […]

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Planned Parenthood gift certificates for holidays called ‘offensive’

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — A holiday gift-certificate campaign by Planned Parenthood of Indiana “is offensive because Christmas is about celebrating the gift of human life,” said the director of the pro-life ministry office of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. Sister Diane Carollo made the comments in a nationally televised interview Dec. 3 on ABC’s “Evening News.” The Planned […]

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UN receives petitions for and against abortion as ‘universal right’

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — On the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Dec. 10, petitions for and against declaring abortion as a “universal right” were presented to U.N. members. More than a year ago, Marie Stopes International, a London-based abortion advocacy group, initiated a petition drive calling for “women’s rights to contraception […]

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