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Epiphany students’ charity will lead to school visit by pop star

Photo Caption: Justin Bieber will be coming to Epiphany Catholic School thanks to the charity fundraising efforts of eighth graders Sarah Thakral, Julia Nelson, Kelly Harris and McKenna Crouch. NORMAL — That pop music star Justin Bieber will visit Epiphany Catholic School here sometime this year is way cool for Epiphany eighth grade students Sarah […]

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Parishes offer ‘extra love’ to twins born months premature

Photo Caption: Young Vincent Merriman grasps the finger of his mother, Molly, in the neonatal intensive care unit of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems, The Catholic Post If all had gone according to plan, Vincent Nicholas and Abraham William Merriman would have entered the world in mid-April. Instead, Jordan […]

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Heading Avenue Franciscans re-elect Sister Paula Vasquez

Photo Caption: From left: Sister Betty Jean Haverback, vice president; Sister Anna Marie Flanigan, councilor; Sister Paula Vasquez, president; and Sister Janice Keenan and Sister Jean Marie Ciuffini, councilors. WEST PEORIA — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception have elected Sister Paula Vasquez, OSF, to a second four-year term as president. Installation […]

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Black smoke: No new pope on first evening of conclave

Photo Caption: Cardinals from around the world enter the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel March 12 as they begin the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite the rain, thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square after dark March 12, the first evening […]

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Did Alleman High School’s mock conclaves pick next pope?

Photo Caption: Brittany Pearson strings ballots together with needle and thread as Allison Dussliere and Martinelli Holmes count the votes during a mock conclave at Alleman High School in Rock Island on March 6. ROCK ISLAND — If Alleman High School history repeats itself, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana has an inside track to be […]

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April 5-6 charismatic retreat on theme “Forgive, Be Healed”

HENRY — “Forgive and Be Healed” is the theme for the annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal retreat, which will be given by Father Tom Holloway on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6. It will take place at Nazareth House Retreat Center here. Ordained in 1999 for the Diocese of Peoria, Father Holloway is the pastor […]

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Bloomington Knights plan 3-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Knights of Columbus, Father John D. Ring Council No. 574, will have a three-day celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in the clubroom at 1706 R.T. Dunn Drive. An Irish band, The Shanties, will play on Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 16, hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs and […]

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Preoccupation with pope’s personality can be unhealthy: historian

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Centuries ago, prior to mass media, popes and the conclaves to elect them did not have the worldwide attention they do now, a historian told reporters. Jesuit Father Norman Tanner, dean of church history at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, told reporters March 11 that the papal candidates from all over the […]

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Watch The Catholic Post’s new 4-minute promotional video

Photo Caption: The Catholic Post’s 2013 Delivering Unity Campaign continues. Every gift is a subscription. View our new video for more details! The Catholic Post’s 2013 Delivering Unity Campaign is off to a fast start. Thank you to all who have already sent contributions to support our mission, and to the parishes for their promotion […]

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Cardinals send retired pope note of thanks, call for prayers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The College of Cardinals thanked retired Pope Benedict XVI for his “tireless work” and example of “generous pastoral concern.” Meeting during the second day of pre-conclave gatherings at the Vatican, the 148 cardinals present sent a telegram to the former pope, who moved to the papal villa of Caste Gandolfo the […]

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