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Full text of homily from funeral Mass for Father John Dietzen

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily at the March 31 funeral Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria for Father John Dietzen. The homilist was Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church of Merna Parish in Bloomington. Father Dietzen, episcopal vicar for senior priests of the Diocese of […]

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Pope invites all to read St. Therese’s autobiography

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI called St. Therese of Lisieux’s autobiography, “The Story of a Soul,” a wonderful authentic “treasure” and invited everyone to read it. The 19th-century Carmelite saint’s teaching of “the ‘little way” of holiness has been so influential in our time,” he said April 6 at his weekly general audience. […]

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Pope calls for end of bloodshed in Ivory Coast, Libya

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI appealed for an end to the bloodshed in Ivory Coast and Libya, saying hatred and violence never led to victory. He called for all sides involved in the separate conflicts to end the fighting and start talks. “I continue to follow with great apprehension the dramatic events the […]

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Nun, laywoman awarded for helping homeless in Philadelphia

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) — A Mercy nun and a laywoman who co-founded a program that is widely credited for reducing Philadelphia’s homeless population by half have been named the winners of the 2011 Laetare Medal given by the University of Notre Dame. The award, announced April 3, will be presented during the university’s 166th […]

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Session on Haitian orphan adoption set in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is planning a workshop in Bloomington on Saturday, April 9 to clarify the process of adopting orphans from Haiti. Haitian authorities recently announced they are accepting new adoption applications. According to Catholic Charities, the process can be challenging and applicants must comply with all Haitian and […]

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Benedictines offer Holy Week retreat in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — The Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Avenue West, are offering time to pray and participate in the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil with them from Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. through Easter Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m.The cost of the retreat is […]

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Sr. Mary Virginia Butkovich, OSF, Canton native, dies at 93

WEST PEORIA — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 5 in the chapel of Immaculate Conception Convent for Sister Mary Virginia Butkovich, OSF, who was in her 75th year of religious profession. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery here on April 6. Sister Mary Virginia, 93, died on March 31, 2011, at […]

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The first question, the final answer

The most popular column in the U.S. Catholic press got its start with little fanfare on the pages of The Catholic Post in Peoria on Oct. 31, 1971. “Beginning this week is a new ‘Question Column’ featured on the Know Your Faith pages,” began the two sentence announcement with no headline on our front page. […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal set to begin in all parishes

Photo Caption: Pledges to the Annual Diocesan Appeal will be sought in all parishes on or around the weekend of April 9-10. The Diocese of Peoria is “like a large Catholic family” that “can do great things together,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in urging generous support of the 2011 Annual Diocesan Appeal. The […]

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Donate a prom dress to “Operation Royalty” in Macomb

MACOMB — The branch office of Catholic Charities here is temporarily taking on a new look in the coming weeks: that of a fashion boutique. Hanging from rods at the office, located at 123 S. McArthur St., are more than 60 new or gently used prom, cocktail or formal dresses of all colors, styles, and […]

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