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Toronto Catholic high schools work to eliminate bottled water

TORONTO (CNS) — Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Toronto are working to create “bottled water-free zones” within their schools. The “Water for All: Let Justice Flow” movement is part of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace’s yearlong campaign against the privatization of water. “The idea is to create a culture where […]

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Bishops urge governor to sign death penalty abolition bill

The following statement was released Jan. 13 by the Catholic Conference of Illinois, the public policy arm of the Bishops of Illinois. For updates and CCI positions on this and other issues, visit catholicconferenceofillinois.org. —— THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF ILLINOIS URGE GOV. QUINN TO SIGN DEATH PENATLY ABOLITION BILL January 13, 2011 — Following last […]

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Benedictines to host day of spirituality Jan. 27 in R.I.

ROCK ISLAND — “Praying with Benedict and Francis” will explore the core elements of the spirituality of these saints in a day of learning scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Benet House Retreat Center, which is located on the grounds of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Avenue West. The […]

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$25,000 grand prize for Our Lady of Grace raffle

EAST MOLINE — Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy is holding a raffle with a grand prize of $25,000. Tickets are $100 each and only 1,000 will be sold. Proceeds will support the school. There also will be a first prize of $10,000, second prize of $5,000, six $1,000 prizes and six $500 prizes. An […]

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From swaddling clothes to mantle of teacher, ASAP

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB The Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 9 Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7; Psalm 29:1-2,3-4,3,9-10; Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17 The Christmas season always seems too short to me. I am not referring to the Christmas shopping season, which evidently begins just before Halloween. I mean the liturgical season of Christmas. […]

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God called ‘Come back to me,’ and Christine Lepretre did

Christine Lepretre gets tears in her eyes when she thinks about all the times God invited her into a closer relationship and she turned away. Looking back now, she can see that he was there at every difficult point in her life. “Each little step, each little poke was God saying, ‘Tina, come back to […]

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Sanctity of Human Life Rally, walk planned Jan. 20

Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and son of veteran pro-life leader Joe Scheidler, will be the featured speaker at the Sanctity of Human Life Rally at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Sacred Heart Church in downtown Peoria. Sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life, the rally — held annually near […]

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As a new year begins, is the end near?

Blackbirds falling mysteriously from the sky. Fish dying by the tens of thousands. A group of Christians predicting the very date of Christ’s return: May 21 of this year. Some are saying the new year is starting out like our world’s final one. They could be right. They’re probably wrong. Persons looking for signs of […]

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Local generosity helping to build needed school in Tanzania

URBANA — David Kraft remembers that when he was a child, his family would gather to pray the rosary before opening gifts on Christmas morning. Now he’s hoping that continued prayer and the generosity of the people of central Illinois will bring about a tremendous gift for the children of Bukoba, Tanzania — a new […]

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Let My People Come series topics, sites for early 2011

As the new year begins it brings with it a host of programs and roundtable discussions in the “Let My People Come” series. Planned by Dr. Vincent McClean, director of the diocesan Office of Catechetics in conjunction with the six regional directors of religious education, the continuing education offerings began last fall and will continue […]

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