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Canton parish pantry fills hearts, stomachs for 25 years

By: By Jennifer Willems CANTON — Robert Nagy said life would be a little more difficult without the help he receives each Friday from the food pantry at St. Mary’s Church here. “I’m on disability, Social Security. I don’t get much from the state,” he said. “This helps me provide for my child — I […]

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Children’s Hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center dedicated

By: By Tom Dermody With gratitude to God and repeated admiration for the “unwavering faith and commitment” of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, the new Children’s Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria was blessed and dedicated in historic ceremonies July 16. “Let us ask for God’s […]

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Sr. Claudia makes perpetual profession as Benedictine

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Claudia Scharf, OSB, felt an undeniable connection with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery during a vocations retreat and as it turns out, it was a connection that was made to last. Surrounded by her Benedictine Sisters, as well as family and friends from New Jersey, Florida, Kentucky, Vermont, Iowa […]

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‘Spontaneous love’ as diocese hosts Mother Teresa relics

Photo Caption: Mary House of Champaign touches a case containing sandals worn by Blessed Mother Teresa during a visit of the sainthood candidate’s relics to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on July 16. By: By Tom Dermody As the world prepares to observe the 100th anniversary of Blessed Mother Teresa’s birth on Aug. 26, the […]

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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, as well as earlier releases, visit www.usccb.org/movies This list will be updated periodically as the reviews are […]

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Catholic Charities sets regional seminars on orphans, adoption

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is inviting people throughout central Illinois to “Be the Answer” for children around the world who have been orphaned. As a member of the Joint Council of International Child Services, Catholic Charities has prepared a two-hour seminar that will be presented at five locations throughout the diocese in […]

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World Cup soccer player’s faith a source of strength

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the fall of 1995, a thin, fast soccer player named Oguchi Onyewu, wearing No. 5 on his red- and black-striped jersey, helped lead St. Andrew Apostle Parish in Silver Spring, Md., to a 4-1 win in the Catholic Youth Organization’s varsity Mid-Atlantic Championship in Washington. His team later won the regional […]

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Pope’s 2011 Peace Day message to focus on religious freedom

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will focus on religious freedom’s contribution to peace in his World Peace Day message for 2011, the Vatican said. The theme the pope has chosen for the Jan. 1 celebration is “Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace,” the Vatican announced July 13. The Vatican said the pope intends […]

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Anglicans expect exodus after Church of England OKs women bishops

LONDON (CNS) — The largest Anglo-Catholic group in the Church of England is expecting an exodus of thousands of Anglicans to Catholicism after a decision to ordain women as bishops without sufficient concessions to traditionalists. Stephen Parkinson, director of Forward in Faith — a group that has about 10,000 members, including more than 1,000 clergy […]

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Sr. Marilyn Hettinger, OSB, former prioress, principal dies

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, July 7, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery for Sister Marilyn (Mary Mark) Hettinger, OSB, a former prioress and longtime educator, who also had served as associate director of religious education for the Diocese of Peoria. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, also […]

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