Priest says rosary saved his family, inspired vocation

One of the greatest sources of power that Father Patrick DeMeulemeester has encountered in his life has nothing to do with nuclear weapons systems or high political office. It is the rosary and he credits the devotion not only for his vocation but for the very survival of his family in Belgium during World War […]

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900 students from diocese in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — They weren’t in school, but Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told the 3,500 students from 180 Catholic schools around the state that their presence in the Capitol rotunda made it a school day. Included in that number were 900 students from 39 of the 48 schools across the Diocese of Peoria. The rally […]

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Rite of Election fills cathedral with joy twice

In ceremonies that twice filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sunday, about 375 men, women and children from across the diocese began the final phase of their preparation for the Easter sacraments. “We are blessed and proud to walk with you,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to the candidates and catechumens as well […]

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To mountaintop and back

By: By Barbara Roedel Second Sunday of Lent, March 8 Genesis 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18; Psalm 116:10,15,16-17,18-19; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 Mountaintop experiences don’t come all that often and yet we’ve all had some experience of them. I’ve heard Christians talk of having mountaintop experiences while on a retreat or a mission, while reading sacred Scripture or serving […]

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Giv up txtng 4 Lent?

Not that more evidence is needed, but a sign that Bishop Jenky was on target last week in saying that in this digital age we’re experiencing a “fundamental shift in the patterns of communication and human relationships” came this week from Italy, where a bishop asked the faithful “to fast” from sending text messages on […]

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U.S., Canadian Catholics react to new stem-cell research technique

TORONTO (CNS) — Several Catholic officials welcomed a breakthrough in stem-cell research that could advance the science of regenerative medicine, but at least one Catholic ethicist wanted more information about the procedure. Dr. Andras Nagy of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital announced a new technique for creating pluripotent stem cells that can develop into most other […]

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Southern African bishops seek Vatican OK to keep new Mass translations

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference said it made a mistake in giving the go-ahead to parishes to use Vatican-approved Mass translations, but it has asked the Vatican to allow continued use of the texts. The conference said March 4 it was awaiting the Vatican’s response. It told parishes […]

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