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Ratings and reviews of recently released movies

Following are ratings and capsule reviews of recently released films. The reviews are by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of these films, visit www.usccb.org/movies This list will be updated periodically as the reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service. —– “The Back-Up Plan” (CBS Films) […]

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Sr. Beatrice Flahaven, OSB, native of Wenona, dies

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the St. Mary Monastery Chapel on April 17 for Sister Beatrice (Mary Grace) Flahaven, OSB, who taught music and served as an organist at parishes throughout central Illinois for more than 40 years. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Sister Beatrice died on […]

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Priest offers guidelines on evangelizing family and friends

NORMAL — The most difficult people to lead to the Catholic faith may be those closest to your heart. What to say to the son you suspect isn’t attending Mass while away at college? To the friend who is angry at the church because of the harmful words or actions of another Catholic? To the […]

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Pope encourages vocations, calls for protection of flock

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI called for prayer and encouragement to nourish new vocations within the church, and reminded priests that it is their job to vigorously defend their flocks from evil. Pope Benedict marked the World Day of Prayer for Vocations by telling the faithful in St. Peter’s Square April 25 that […]

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Vatican supports adult stem-cell project; no financial contribution

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican is strongly supporting a new international project for adult stem-cell research but is not directly involved and has made no financial contribution to the initiative, a Vatican spokesman said. The project, led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, established a consortium of researchers from several […]

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Arizona church leaders call for legal, congressional responses to law

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., one of many religious leaders decrying Arizona’s new immigration law, said he will ask the general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to become involved in lawsuits expected to challenge its constitutionality In his “Monday Memo” posting on the diocesan website April 26, […]

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Sr. Maureen Coughlin, OSB, Peoria native, dies at 92

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Maureen (Mary Katherine) Coughlin, OSB, a longtime educator who served at schools around the Diocese of Peoria, died on April 18, 2010, at St. Mary Monastery here. She was 92. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 21 at the St. Mary Monastery Chapel. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, […]

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Ratings and capsule reviews of recently released movies

Following are ratings and capsule reviews of recently released films. The reviews are by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of these films, visit www.usccb.org/movies This list will be updated periodically as the reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service. —– “The Back-Up Plan” (CBS Films) […]

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At “spiritual spa day,” women urged to “give God permission”

By Nancy Piccionefor The Catholic Post METAMORA — “Give God permission” to use you powerfully in the world, more than 100 women were told at a first-time conference on April 17. The Behold Conference at St. Mary’s Parish here was a “spiritual spa day” for women of all ages, according to conference organizer Rose Marie […]

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Catholic radio comes to the Peoria area with WPMJ 94.3 FM

Catholic radio programming is now being aired in the Peoria area thanks to a group headed by a man from El Paso, the birthplace of Catholic radio pioneer and sainthood candidate Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. WPMJ 94.3 FM — a Chillicothe-based station whose call letters now stand for “With Prayer Meet Jesus” — began broadcasting […]

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