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Deacon Richard Hammel, 62, dies

A funeral Mass was offered at St. Ann’s Church in Peoria on April 3 for Deacon Richard F. Hammel, a member of the Diocese of Peoria’s first class of permanent deacons ordained in 1976. Deacon Hammel, who spent much of his ministry as a volunteer chaplain at Proctor Hospital in Peoria and was granted senior […]

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‘Illinois FOCA’ bill fails after vocal response

When the call went out for people to contact their legislators in the Illinois House of Representatives and voice their opposition to House Bill 2354, they responded in a big way. The controversial bill was not called for a vote before the April 3 deadline and appears to be dead for this year, according to […]

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Priests renew commitment at Chrism Mass

Photo Caption: The blessed holy oils are carried in procession at the Chrism Mass on April 7. By: By Jared Olar All Catholics are “unfinished saints” always in need of being remade by the Holy Spirit through a willing surrender to God’s purposes, said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at a Mass Tuesday during which […]

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Risen indeed!

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord, April 12 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 or (at an afternoon or evening Mass) Luke 24:13-35 Harry Houdini, the famous magician and escape artist, died from peritonitis on Oct. 31, 1926. Prior to […]

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The right to life and Easter

The most fundamental of all human rights is the right to life. All other imperatives of justice and mercy are derivative of the great truth that human beings are made in the image and likeness of God and that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death. Any cooperation with […]

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College students forgo traditional spring breaks to provide service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Instead of taking a typical vacation on a tropical beach, more college students are choosing alternative spring-break service trips to help the poor in the United States and around the world. Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., has offered domestic service trips for more than 18 years. Canisius students also have traveled internationally […]

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Holy Week offers occasion to understand gift of salvation, says pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The rituals of Holy Week and Easter offer Catholics an opportunity to understand the “priceless gift of salvation obtained by Christ’s sacrifice” on the cross, Pope Benedict XVI said. The Easter triduum, which represents the heart of the whole liturgical year, is a time for the faithful to immerse themselves in […]

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Priest, activists applaud conviction of Fujimori for rights abuses

LIMA, Peru (CNS) — The conviction of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori on charges related to human rights violations during his administration shows that “justice is becoming real” in the country, said a priest who served on the truth commission that investigated those and other cases. The April 7 sentence described facts that “authorities had […]

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Fast & Furious

Rating: L (PG-13) 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. Overheated, morally swerving action sequel in which an ex-con (Vin Diesel) pursuing a vendetta and an undercover FBI agent (Paul Walker) renew their […]

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Fr. Marian, OFM, dies; served in Streator, Peoria

ST. BERNARD, Ohio — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, March 28, at St. Clement’s Church for Father Marian Douglas, OFM, who served in Streator and Peoria during a priesthood that spanned 51 years. Another Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette, Mich., on Monday, March […]

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