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Books of Bible make good summer reading, says pope

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — While there’s nothing wrong with a bit of light reading in the summer, reading a book or two of the Bible also can be a relaxing — as well as enlightening — vacation activity, Pope Benedict XVI said. “Naturally, many of the books of literature we pick up during vacation […]

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Knights will establish shrine to Blessed John Paul II

DENVER (CNS) — Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced Aug. 2 that the Knights of Columbus will purchase the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington. The announcement came during the business session of the Knights’ 129th annual convention Aug. 2-4. Anderson, delivering his annual report, said that over the next year, the fraternal organization […]

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HHS action draws widespread religious liberty protests

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When it comes to issues of religious freedom, Bill Donohue thinks the Obama administration has put religious employers between a rock and a hard place. Commenting on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Aug. 1 announcement that contraceptives and sterilization will be among the mandated preventive services for women under the […]

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Faithful Jesus shows us there is no need to fear

By: By Sharon Priester Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 7 1 Kings 19:9a,11-13a; Psalm 85: 9,10,11-12,13-14; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33 Fear and doubt. How many times has fear welled up inside of you? Maybe a fear of taking on something new. How about doubt? Have you ever doubted that what you are doing is […]

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A friend in need

Photo Caption: A malnourished child rests inside the pediatric ward at the Banadir Hospital in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. — CNS Photo/Reuters In this age of social media, we doubt that this child of God is anyone’s Facebook friend. Unlike those familiar, smiling faces of family members or rediscovered high school and college friends in our […]

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New Birthing Center opens at OSF St. Joseph, Bloomington

Photo Caption: Ken Natzke, president and CEO of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, and Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of OSF HealthCare, take part in ribbon-cutting ceremonies July 29. By: By Jennifer Willems BLOOMINGTON — Members of the medical staff and community at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center here celebrated their new addition, a […]

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No stumping our bishop on this Theology on Tap evening

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky visits with the crowd at Kelleher’s Irish Pub during a “Stump the Bishop” evening July 27 concluding the Theology on Tap series. By: By Terry Bibo PEORIA — Depending upon the question, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, was affable, furious, philosophical or just plain funny last Wednesday. But he was never […]

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Peoria Notre Dame H.S. is building for the future

Photo Caption: Peoria Notre Dame plans to build a new school and athletic fields on Peoria’s north side, bordered by Allen Road, Willow Knolls Road and Kellogg Golf Course. By: By Jennifer Willems As the 150th anniversary of Catholic secondary education in central Illinois approaches, officials at Peoria Notre Dame High School are taking steps […]

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Opening of Schlarman Academy to make history in Danville

Photo Caption: Wind flags with the logo of the new Schlarman Academy will fly at each campus to welcome students. By: By Jennifer Willems DANVILLE — Students won’t just study history, they’ll be making it as classes start at the new Schlarman Academy here this week. The result of two years of planning, the Academy […]

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Champaign couple to mark 75 years of marriage Aug. 15

Photo Caption: Anna and Glenn Schmidt of Champaign will be recognized for their 75 years of marriage at a reception on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Holy Cross Church in Champaign. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — There isn’t much that gets by Glenn and Anna Schmidt, even at 99 and 96, respectively. One question, however, […]

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