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Pro-life cyclists welcomed to Champaign after 860-mile ride

CHAMPAIGN — Fireworks and applause from a cheering crowd greeted five cyclists at the finish line of an 860-mile, seven-day bicycle trek from New Orleans to Champaign to raise pro-life funds and awareness. “It was great for everyone to be there,” said Mike Schaefer of the welcome the “Biking for Babies” cyclists received late afternoon […]

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Be not afraid when changes affect life, or your parish

A robin’s nest rests still and empty on the bend of a gutter downspout just a few feet from my home’s living room window. But for four weeks this summer, that window provided a marvelous view of one of nature’s life cycles. We first noticed flapping in late June as Mother Robin sized up the […]

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Letters sought to support Catholic Charities’ foster care position

Photo Caption: A sample letter as well as a contact list of legislators is found online at the Catholic Charities website. By: By Tom Dermody While encouraged by an Illinois judge’s ruling temporarily allowing Catholic Charities to continue providing state-funded foster care and adoption services, officials in the Diocese of Peoria are asking for the […]

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Belarus Cardinal Swiatek dies; survived decade in labor camp

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek of Minsk-Mohilev, Belarus, died July 21 at age 96. He retired just five years ago after more than 65 years of active ministry and several run-ins with the Soviet police. In a telegram of condolence, Pope Benedict XVI said, “I recall the courageous witness he gave to […]

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Religious leaders to Obama: protect poor in budget efforts

Religious leaders urge Obama to protect the poor in budget efforts WASHINGTON (CNS) — After a July 20 meeting with President Barack Obama, leaders of the faith-based Circle of Protection came away reassured about his commitment to protecting assistance for the poor in impending budget cuts. But they remain worried that a deal to raise […]

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Capsule reviews by Catholic News Service of recently released films

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 the CNS movie site here. This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2011 […]

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Moline women wrap devastated Joplin parish in prayer, hope

Photo Caption: Maria Luebbers, a member of the Sacred Heart Comforters quilting ministry in Moline, concentrates on the stitches in her prayer shawl. By: By Jennifer Willems MOLINE — In the May 15 parish bulletin for St. Mary’s Church in Joplin, Mo., there were suggestions for how to create an emergency plan and a checklist […]

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Saying ‘yes’ to God no matter what life presents

By: By Father James King Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 24 1 Kings 3:5,7-12; Psalm 119:57,72,76-77,127-128,129-130; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52 “O Lord, my God . . . give your servant an understanding heart” (1 Kings 3:9). This prayer of Solomon in this Sunday’s first reading was pleasing to God and he answered the prayer. […]

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