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Bishops of Illinois urge opposition to civil unions bill

Editor’s note: The following statement was released Nov. 23 by the Catholic Conference of Illinois, the public policy arm of the bishops of the state. The Catholic Bishops of Illinois call upon the Illinois General Assembly to reject Senate Bill 1716, the civil union legislation. Senate Bill 1716 seeks to afford all the “legal obligations, […]

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William and Kate? We have royal weddings here, too

The announcement that there will be a royal wedding in 2011 topped the news on Nov. 16. Camera flashes were blinding when Prince William and Kate Middleton made a brief appearance in London that afternoon to confirm the news. Speculation began about every detail of the approaching wedding — the date, the location, the dress, […]

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Schools explore how to better service Hispanic families

By: By Jennifer Willems Seventy percent of practicing Catholics under the age of 35 are Hispanic, and Latinos represent the fast growing school-age population in the country. Why is it, then, that only 3 percent of those children attend Catholic schools? Principals, pastors, teachers and education commission members from Catholic schools around the Diocese of […]

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Overall school enrollment in diocese slips to 12,092

By: By Jennifer Willems Enrollment in the 46 schools of the Diocese of Peoria has dropped, but there is still good news to be found in the figures released this month by the Office of Catholic Schools. “With our decline this year, the surprise is that it wasn’t larger,” said Brother William Dygert, CSC, superintendent […]

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Bishop: At Mass, God offers us ‘a bounty that is without end’

Photo Caption: At every Mass we “experience a richness and bounty that is without end,” said Bishop Jenky at the Diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving on Nov. 21. EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is an excerpt from the homily by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at Sunday’s diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. […]

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Capsule reviews 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, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2010 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference […]

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Pope tells 24 new cardinals that authority means service

Pope creates new cardinals, telling them authority means service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI created 24 new cardinals, including two from the United States, and called them to be strong in spreading and defending the faith and promoting peace and tranquility within the church. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington and Cardinal Raymond […]

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U.S. seminary in Belgium to close in June

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The American College of the Immaculate Conception in Leuven, Belgium, will close at the end of this academic year because of the small number of seminarians and difficulties in obtaining qualified priests for its faculty. The decision to close it in June 2011 was announced to the public Nov. 22 by Bishop […]

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Christmas concert Dec. 10 at new Newman chapel in Normal

NORMAL — The students of the John Paul II Newman Center at Illinois State University will present a Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the new St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel, 501 S. Main. Proceeds will support students going to World Youth Day in Spain next August. A suggested donation is $5, […]

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‘Marian preparation for Christmas’ Dec. 8 in Galesburg

GALESBURG — Father William Miller, IC, will be the spiritual director for “A Marian Preparation for Christmas,” which will be hosted by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The day will be held at Corpus Christi Church, 273 S. Prairie St. Father Miller is pastor of Corpus Christ, as well […]

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