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Christmas Peace: A message from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky poses with seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria at Nazareth House in Henry. This photo was the cover of the bishop’s 2012 Christmas card. “Glory to God in the highest and PEACE to HIS people on earth!” My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: On every great feast day and on […]

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Recently released movies reviewed on basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star in a scene from “Les Miserables,” the big-screen adaptation of the long-running stage show. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and […]

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Advent Vespers on Sundays at St. Mary’s, Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — Traditional, semi-monastic vespers or evening prayer are being offered at 4:30 p.m. on the Sundays of Advent at St. Mary’s Church, 2208 Fourth Ave. The prayer lasts about 30 minutes, is followed by a simple meal served in Schroeder Hall, and the vespers are being sponsored by the Fathers of St. Joseph, […]

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Hispanic, Latino bishops write to undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON (CNS) — An emotional pastoral letter to immigrants from the U.S. Hispanic and Latino Catholic bishops offers love, encouragement, welcome, sympathy and assurance that “you are not alone or forgotten.” “We recognize that every human being, authorized or not, is an image of God and therefore possesses infinite value and dignity,” begins the strongly […]

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Pope marks Guadalupe feast; sets travel to Mexico, Cuba

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and confirming he will travel to Mexico and Cuba in the spring, Pope Benedict XVI called on the people of Latin America to hold firm to their faith. During his homily at the Mass Dec. 12 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope prayed […]

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Late cardinal should inspire use of media to spread Gospel

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI said he hoped the legacy of the late Cardinal John P. Foley would inspire others to make the Gospel known through mass media. In a telegram to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia Dec. 12, the pope expressed his sadness and condolences for the death of Cardinal Foley, […]

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Supreme Court to hear cases on same-sex marriage

Photo Caption: The U.S. Supreme Court announced Dec. 7 that it will hear two cases challenging federal and a state laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. By: By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court will take up in the spring two cases over […]

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Pope: Americas need renewed joyful, faithful missionary spirit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The universal church needs Catholics in the Americas who are joyful missionaries, well-catechized and faithful to the teachings of the church, Pope Benedict XVI said. The only way to solve today’s problems is through credible and effective Christian witness and charity, he said, since only actions based on God’s truth and […]

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