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Illinois bishops seek meeting with governor on key issues

CHICAGO — Citing their concerns about pro-life issues, the consequences of giving legal status to same-sex unions and restrictions on religious freedom and liberty of conscience, the Catholic bishops of Illinois have requested a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn. The request was made in a letter, dated Nov. 16 and signed by Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Birth mother reunities with twins after 36-year separation

By: By Jennifer Willems Before her twin sons were placed for adoption, Ann Williams held one in each arm and kissed them on the forehead. It would be 36 years before the Peoria woman embraced them again, but she’s thankful for the opportunity to have them back in her arms and back in her life. […]

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Blue Ribbon day, and beyond, at Epiphany School, Normal

Photo Caption: Mike Lootens, right, principal of Epiphany Catholic School in Normal, accepts a plaque designating Epiphany as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School from Tim Tuten of the U.S. Department of Education. By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — Being named to the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent of schools in the […]

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Recently released movies reviewed on basis of moral suitability

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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Divine Mercy priest to preach in Chenoa, Colfax, Lexington

Divine Mercy priest to preachin Chenoa, Colfax, Lexington CHENOA — A priest who has been involved in spreading the message of and devotion to The Divine Mercy for more than 60 years, including two decades as vice-postulator for the canonization cause of St. Faustina Kowalska, will visit three area parishes the weekend of Nov. 26-27. […]

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Visitation School, Kewanee, Christmas bazaar is Saturday

KEWANEE — Visitation Catholic School, 101 S. Lexington Ave., will host its 25th annual “A Country Village Christmas” Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym. In addition to crafts, homemade candies and baked goods, games and photos with Santa, breakfast and lunch will be offered. There will also […]

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Benedictines offer Advent Day of Reflection on Dec. 4

ROCK ISLAND — The Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery are offering an Advent Day of Reflection on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Benet House Retreat Center on the monastery grounds, 2200 88th Avenue West. It will be presented by Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB. The fee of $30 […]

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Reports on success of ads aimed at strengthening marriage

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A series of advertisements for the U.S. bishops’ campaign to strengthen marriage have been successful in the numbers of people they have reached and the awards they have garnered from professional advertising organizations, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., said Nov. 14. The bishop, who is chairman of the […]

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Remaining Illinois dioceses end state-funded foster care

By: By Catholic News Service and Catholic Post staff SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNS) — The era of partnership between the Catholic Church and the State of Illinois in providing foster care and adoption services to thousands of families annually is ending. Catholic bishops in three Illinois dioceses announced Nov. 14 that they were dropping a lawsuit […]

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Cardinals throw clout behind post-abortion healing program

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Signaling the importance they gave to the topic, three U.S. cardinals offered a briefing Nov. 14 on efforts to expand and strengthen the church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. Cardinals Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and Donald W. Wuerl of Washington reported on the work of Project […]

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