Fundraiser in Bloomington on Sunday for ill 2-year-old

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Knights of Columbus, Council No. 574, will host a fundraiser on Sunday, May 23, to benefit 2-year-old Grace Schraufnagle, who has some rare medical conditions and needs help. There will be a wine and cheese tasting party from 3 to 5 p.m. and a spaghetti dinner will be served from 5 […]

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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 Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of these films, visit This list will be updated periodically as the reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service. […]

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Pope prods Catholics to evangelize during Portugal trip

Evangelization is a word that Catholics sometimes have trouble wrapping their minds around and putting into practice. But several times during his visit to Portugal May 11-14, Pope Benedict XVI prodded Catholics in plain language about the need to share their love for Christ. Here is some of what he said, compiled from Catholic News […]

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As the pill marks its 50th year, promises remain unfulfilled

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Fifty years ago this May, the Food and Drug Administration gave its approval for the use of a combination of the hormones progesterone and estrogen that the pharmaceutical company Searle said would prevent pregnancy 99.7 percent of the time. Known simply as “the pill,” it was a development that was heralded as […]

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Huge crowd gathers to show support for Pope Benedict

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An estimated 120,000 people converged on St. Peter’s Square to express support for Pope Benedict XVI in dealing with the clerical sexual abuse scandal. Thanking the crowd for their presence and affection May 16, Pope Benedict said, “The true enemy to fear is sin, the spiritual evil that unfortunately sometimes infects […]

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ND valedictorian to graduates: challenge the conventional

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Katie Odette Washington of Gary, Ind., took the stage May 16 as what is believed to be the University of Notre Dame’s first black valedictorian, she told her fellow graduates to step outside of their comfort zone and challenge the conventional to make their imprint on the world. In an address […]

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26 priests of Diocese of Peoria receive new assignments

Twenty-six priests of the Diocese of Peoria are receiving new assignments in clergy appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Two priests have been granted senior status — Father Kenneth Marchulones, pastor of St. Monica’s Parish, East Peoria, and Father John Horton, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Mahomet. (See […]

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Our neighbors are waiting for a message that provides hope

The Ascension of the Lord, May 16Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3,6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-29; 10:19-23; Luke 24:46-53 In 2009, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) had 51,736 missionaries, serving in 344 missions throughout the world. In 2009, these missionaries, most in their teens and early 20s (supported by their […]

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Pastors in East Peoria, Mahomet granted senior status

By: By Tom Dermody Two priests with a combined 89 years of service to the Diocese of Peoria have been granted senior status by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, effective June 16. Both Father John Horton and Father Kenneth Marchulones turned 70 this year. Father Horton has been pastor of Our Lady of the Lake […]

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