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Rock Island couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

ROCK ISLAND — Betty and John Moran were planning a quiet celebration for their 70th wedding anniversary this month, but it didn’t exactly turn out that way. While they were able to renew their vows simply at a Mass on Oct. 19 at St. Pius X Church here, where they are charter members, their 40 […]

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Capsule reviews and ratings of recently released movies

The following movie reviews are supplied 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 regularly. —– “Paranormal Activity 2” (Paramount) The Catholic News Service Classification is […]

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What did St. Paul have in mind as he prayed?

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 31Wisdom 11:22 — 12:2; Psalm 145:1-2,8-9,10-11,13,14; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 — 2:2; Luke 19:1-10 The third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization ended last week with dramatic testimony from the 18-year-old daughter of a former assistant to the Communist dictator of North Korea, Kim Jung Il. […]

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Found on river barge, baby given love, burial in Lacon

By: By Tom Dermody LACON — Next to nothing is known about Baby Moses Doe, but visitors to Immaculate Conception Cemetery here will remember the tiny infant for generations to come. The 20-week fetus, whose skeletal remains were found on the edge of a river barge on Sept. 2 as gravel was being loaded in […]

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‘Don’t check faith at door,’ health care workers told

By: By Jennifer Willems Tough decisions, turning points and words of encouragement were shared by the keynote speakers at this year’s Diocesan Health Care Conference. The theme was “Personal Integration of Faith in Clinical Practice: Offering Hope and Perspective.” Offering that hope and perspective were Dr. Diane Dunniway of Peoria, a clinical instructor for the […]

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The scariest ‘movie’

Scary movies that make us squirm in our seats, feel queasy in our stomachs, or turn away from the screen have been Hollywood money makers for generations. Last weekend, fear took hold at the box office again with “Paranormal Activity 2” recording a spirited $41.5 million debut. As Halloween approaches, horror films from the past […]

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Diocese’s Catholic women urged to take place in public debate

By: By Jennifer Willems Inspired by the Declaration of Independence and his faith, Martin Luther King Jr. was not afraid to proclaim to anyone who would listen that we are all heirs to the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Catholics must not hesitate to stand up and tell people what they […]

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‘Let My People Come’ series: continuing ed for catechists

By: By Jennifer Willems You don’t have to wait for the Diocesan Summer Institute next June to learn more about sacramental preparation, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or your Catholic faith in general. In fact, Dr. Vincent McClean hopes you won’t. The director of the diocesan Office of Catechetics, McClean has been working […]

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Diocese’s priests gather, urged to remain in God’s love

Photo Caption: Surrounded by many of the more than 150 priests of the diocese taking part in Assembly Days Oct. 26-27, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrates Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. By: By Tom Dermody Success in priestly ministry is not measured by numbers or accomplishments, but by remaining in and sharing the love […]

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Student leaders urged to bring joy of faith to high schools

Photo Caption: The contingent of student leaders from Schlarman Academy in Danville pose with Bishop Jenky after Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 25. Joy is a powerful witness to the love of God and the beauty of the Catholic faith, and more than 140 student leaders were encouraged to take that […]

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