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Pope Benedict, Kentucky bishops join effort to halt execution

FRANKFORT, Ky. (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic bishops of Kentucky have asked Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to commute the death sentence of Gregory Wilson, whose execution was scheduled for Sept. 16. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville and the Rev. Marian McClure Taylor, executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, met […]

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Threat to burn Quran has damaged U.S. image: ambassador

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A U.S. pastor’s threat to burn copies of the Quran has damaged the image of the United States, said the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. “The deliberate destruction of any holy book is an abhorrent act,” said the ambassador, Miguel H. Diaz. Plans by a small Florida Pentecostal church to burn […]

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Christian, Muslim women to dialogue in Quad Cities

MOLINE — At a time of national debate over whether a Muslim community center should be built near ground zero in New York, as well as heightened tensions stemming from the threat of Quran burnings in Florida, Christian and Muslim women in the Quad Cities will come together to dialogue about their religious and family […]

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New Geneseo parish center blessed; enhances school, too

By: By Tom Dermody GENESEO — With prayers of gratitude, songs of joy, tours, and plenty of home cooking, members of St. Malachy’s Parish here celebrated the dedication and blessing of a new parish center last Friday. “May all who come here know the presence of Christ, experience the joy of his friendship, and grow […]

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Senior priests told lasting importance of relationships

HENRY — God created human beings to live in an “obligatory matrix” of time, space, things and relationships, and at death we leave three of them behind, said a Franciscan priest and scientist who recently addressed the senior priests of the Diocese of Peoria at their annual gathering at Nazareth House. “When we pass through […]

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Cost of discipleship is nothing less than everything

By: By Sharon Priester Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 5 Wisdom 9:13-18b; Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14-17; Philemon 9-10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33 Over the years, many of us have chosen to become members of a certain group or a fan/supporter of a certain person. Why did we do that? Probably we had listened and decided it was something […]

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Parish respect life reps pray, study, are commissioned

By: By Jennifer Willems God gifts each person to do what he asks, but there’s a catch. “With every gift comes a responsibility to use what we have received for the glory of God and the service of our neighbor,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told the parish respect life coordinators from around the Diocese […]

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Diocese receives relic on Mother Teresa’s birth centenary

As Catholics around the world celebrated the 100th birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa on Aug. 26 (see stories, next page), the Diocese of Peoria received a priceless gift from the religious community the late nun founded. The Missionaries of Charity have given the diocese a first-class relic of their foundress — a lock of Mother […]

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