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Bishop to senators: Curbing gun violence builds culture of life

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Days before the Senate began debate over gun-control legislation, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., urged senators to support a bill that “builds a culture of life by promoting policies that reduce gun violence and saves people’s lives in homes and communities.” Bishop Blaire, head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on […]

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Fr. Kapaun awarded Medal of Honor for service in Korea

Photo Caption: U.S. Army chaplain Father Emil Joseph Kapaun, who died May 23, 1951, in a North Korean prisoner of war camp, is pictured celebrating Mass from the hood of a jeep Oct. 7, 1950, in South Korea. By: By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Catholic Korean War chaplain who selflessly […]

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With student loan help, ISU senior pursues religious vocation

Photo Caption: Hannah Adams hopes to join the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary after graduating from Illinois State University this spring. NORMAL — Hannah Adams went to Illinois State University to be a high school English teacher, but she will walk away with so much more than a degree when she […]

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CNS reviews of recent movies based on moral suitability

Photo Caption: This is a scene from the 1993 movie “Jurassic Park,” now rereleased with 3-D effects. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. 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 […]

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Principal of Danville Schlarman Academy announces retirement

Photo Caption: Robert Rice will retire as the principal of Schlarman Academy in Danville at the end of the current school year. DANVILLE — Saying the decision was a difficult one, Robert Rice will retire as the principal of Schlarman Academy in Danville at the end of the current school year. He made the announcement […]

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Danville, Urbana medical centers get new names: “Presence”

The names of Catholic medical centers in Danville and Urbana have been changed, with leaders saying the region will benefit from a new “Presence.” Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, with 174 licensed beds, is now known as Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, with 210 licensed beds, will […]

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Orientations set as diocese moves to standardize accounting

By: By Tom Dermody Orientation sessions at four regional locations on April 24 and 25 will introduce standard accounting software that will soon be utilized at all parishes and schools in the Diocese of Peoria. Moving to a uniform accounting system that improves efficiency and accuracy has been a goal of the diocese for several […]

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Readings challenge us to put aside ego for Christ-centered lives

By: By Tim Irwin Third Sunday of Easter, April 14 Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32,40b-41; Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11-12,13; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 We are born with a sense of ourselves as separate and distinct beings. This sense we call the ego. Because of original sin, we believe that we will find the happiness that we crave […]

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Love our new pope? Emulate his example

Pope Francis has quickly endeared himself to Catholics and non-Catholics around the world. How many times since his election have we heard friends — in person or through social media — express their love and admiration for our new pope and how he is teaching, through both plain-spoken word and humble example, about Christ’s love […]

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Students in Macomb walk with Jesus through Holy Week

Photo Caption: Jesus, portrayed by Stephen Gaul, begins “A Walk Through Holy Week” with a palm procession oustide St. Paul’s School in Macomb. He is accompanied by apostle John (Owen Benson). By: By Jennifer Willems MACOMB — Jesus doesn’t walk through Holy Week alone at St. Paul’s School here. He has more than 100 young […]

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