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Retired Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill of Rockford dies at 95

Photo Caption: Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill, retired bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, died April 27 at his residence in Rockford. Bishop O’Neill, 95, was appointed bishop of Rockford in 1968, and served until 1994. ROCKFORD, Ill. (CNS) — Retired Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill of Rockford died April 27 at his residence. He was 95 […]

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Newly released films 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) 2013 […]

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Diocese hosts state convention of the Daughters of Isabella

Photo Caption: Evelyn Ribordy, past state regent and current regent of Pontiac Circle No. 122, is congratulated and thanked by International Director Lucille Reif. By: By Jennifer Willems of The Catholic Post HENRY — “Faith and Friendship with the Daughters of Isabella” was celebrated when representatives of the fraternal organization from around Illinois gathered at […]

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Hermitage at Nazareth House offers ‘a little piece of heaven’

Photo Caption: Sister Sonia Mancuello, SCTJM, walks toward The Solitude of the Sacred Heart, a hermitage nestled on a wooded river bluff on the grounds of Nazareth Retreat House in Henry. By: By Tom Dermody HENRY — A “little piece of heaven” where most visitors say they have heard God speak waits silently for visitors […]

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Of terror in Boston and horror in Philadelphia

The names and images of Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are now familiar, etched into U.S. history by the deadly shrapnel from the bombs they are suspected of placing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 and the around-the-clock media coverage of their pursuit by authorities. The coverage is now shifting to […]

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Jesus offers a message of hope and a new commandment

By: By Tim Irwin Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28 Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27; Psalm 145:8-9,10-11,12-13; Revelation 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a,34-35 —– The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter weave together the past, present and future, connecting hardship of this life with the hope of risen life. The reading from Acts of the Apostles […]

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Jesuit scholastic from Peoria relates to Pope Francis’ mission

Photo Caption: Vincent Giacabazi, SJ, a 2000 graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School, is pursuing theology studies at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. By: By Jennifer Willems, The Catholic Post Vincent Giacabazi, SJ, knows what Pope Francis means when he talks about the need for priests to “put their own […]

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A Jesuit pope? Community has deep roots in Diocese of Peoria

Photo Caption: This monument commemorating the Masses celebrated by Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette near Uitca in April 1675 stands at the corner of St. Mary’s Parish property in the LaSalle County community. By: By Jennifer Willems, The Catholic Post While the Holy Spirit seemed to take the world by surprise by asking Catholics to place […]

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