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In Germany, pope celebrates Mass in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium

Photo Caption: Pope Benedict waves to the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium Sept. 22. The evening liturgy was the religious high point of the pope’s first day in the German capital. By: By John Thavis, Catholic News Service BERLIN (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in Berlin’s Olympic […]

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Catholic, other groups mourn executions in Georgia, Texas

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic and other groups mourned the executions Sept. 21 of Troy Davis in Georgia and of Lawrence Brewer in Texas. Davis, 42, was put to death for his conviction in the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah, Ga., police officer Mark MacPhail. Brewer, 44, an admitted white supremacist, was executed for his role […]

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Archbishop of Indianapolis resigns for health reasons

Photo Caption: Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indianapolis is pictured during an ordination in early March. Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Buechlein for health reasons. WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indianapolis for health reasons. The archbishop is 73 years old, […]

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Bears’ McCaskey to speak at ISU Newman Center Sept. 29

NORMAL — Patrick McCaskey, senior director for the Chicago Bears, will present a program based on his new book “Sports and Faith” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the John Paul II Catholic Newman Center, 501 S. Main St. McCaskey is a 36-year veteran of the Bears’ organization and is chairman […]

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Lisa Gigliotti to keynote 30th Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 2

Photo Caption: Lisa Gigliotti, author of “Coraggio! Lessons for Living from an Italian Grandmother Despite Illness, Pain and Loss.” “Coraggio” or courage has been a core virtue in the life of Lisa Gigliotti, the keynote speaker for the 30th annual Respect Life Dinner. She will share her message of persevering through adversity on Sunday, Oct. […]

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Both genders invited Oct. 1 for Commission on Women event

Women and men are invited to explore the call to unity and forgiveness at a day of recollection hosted by the Bishop’s Commission on Women in the Church and in Society on Saturday, Oct. 1. It will be held at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The speaker for the day, which celebrates the 25th […]

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Streator catechist brings Jesus to Dwight Correctional Center

Photo Caption: Fran Corrigan of Streator can’t take metal into the correctional center, so she prints out an image of the Miraculous Medal and accompanying prayer for the women she instructs in the Catholic faith. By: By Jennifer Willems STREATOR — When Fran Corrigan goes to Dwight Correctional Center each Thursday for Mass and faith […]

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Prayers for crops, safety at harvest Mass in Farmer City

Photo Caption: Deacon John Leonard blesses a cornfield following an outdoor Harvest Mass on Sept. 11 at tp. Sacred By: By Sarah B. Williams FARMER CITY — The great outdoors was the setting for Sunday’s Mass at Sacred Heart Parish here. With the sun shining and the corn in the fields readying for harvest it […]

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Bishop tells respect life reps U.S. is on “shakiest foundation”

Photo Caption: Barbara Bogner of Bradford receives a certificate of commissioning from Bishop Jenky at the annual Pro-Life Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 10 preceding the Respect Life Workshop. By: By Jennifer Willems Talking to respect life representatives from around the Diocese of Peoria last Saturday, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Reflective music, prayer fill cathedral at 9/11 Vigil for Peace

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, holds the Light of Christ as candles held by those attending the Vigil for Peace on Sept. 10 are lit throughout St. Mary’s Cathedral. Prayers for peace, healing and restoration filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Saturday in the form of music — some very traditional and […]

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