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Vatican newspaper criticizes embryonic stem-cell research

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the continuing debate over stem-cell research, the ideologues are those who claim it is necessary to use embryonic stem cells, an Italian research physician wrote in the Vatican newspaper. A growing body of research has proven that a variety of somatic stem cells — usually referred to as adult stem […]

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Vatican condemns North Korean nuclear test, missile launches

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican has condemned the latest round of nuclear testing and missile launching by North Korea, warning that these acts of aggression threaten “the very survival” of the country’s own people by exacerbating its isolation. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published a front-page news story May 27 along with an editorial […]

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Terminator Salvation

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. Explosively violent sci-fi action sequel in which the prophesied victor (Christian Bale) in humanity’s post-apocalyptic struggle against a race of murderous supermachines must […]

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‘Post Poll’: Your advice to engaged, newlywed couples?

As wedding season approaches, we ask: 1) What one piece of marriage advice would you offer to a couple getting married in 2009? 2) What one piece of wedding day advice would you offer to engaged couples to help the planning and celebration go more smoothly, and keep it faith-centered? We invite readers to e-mail […]

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‘Praise in the Park’ May 30 to support teen mission trip

ROANOKE — Catholics of all ages are invited to an evening of musical praise, food and fellowship at the second annual “Praise in the Park” event on Saturday, May 30. Sponsored by Catholic Teen Connection of St. Joseph’s Parish, Roanoke, and St. John’s Parish, Benson, the event is a fundraiser for CTC’s upcoming mission trip […]

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Pro-life event June 7 specially invites youth

Young people throughout the Peoria area are being encouraged to take a stand in defense of the lives of unborn children next month in Peoria. “Life Line,” a youth-focused pro-life event sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life, will be held Sunday, June 7, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Peoria Stadium on War Memorial […]

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Catholic League director Donohue on front lines of culture war

In a culture that is often hostile or indifferent to the Catholic faith, Catholic religious educators need to be aware of the challenges and obstacles they must face as they hand on the faith to others. That is why William Donohue has been invited to open the Diocese of Peoria’s annual Diocesan Summer Institute next […]

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Official clergy appointments

Father Richard Barclift, pastor, St. Patrick’s Parish, Andalusia, to senior status and work with Office of Apostolate of the Sea of the United States Father Anthony Bernas, while remaining parochial vicar, St. Mary’s Parish, Kewanee, to parochial vicar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Kewanee Father Michael Bies, from parochial vicar, St. Mary’s Parish, Pontiac, to […]

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Cardinal to Newman grads: friendship more than Facebook

Photo Caption: Cardinal George bestows blessings at the close of the Graduation Mass at St. John’s Catholic Chapel, Champaign. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Popular online social networks such as Facebook and MySpace can be useful and enjoyable ways of contacting people and staying in touch, but Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago challenged […]

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