Sr. Stefanie MacDonald, OSB, professes her perpetual vows

Photo Caption: Sister Stefanie professed perpetual monastic vows with the Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island on July 11. ROCK ISLAND — Working her way through college in the infirmary of the Franciscan Sisters in Dubuque, Iowa, Sister Stefanie MacDonald found peace. When one of them called her to ask […]

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Faith in action at Champaign Catholic HEART Workcamp

Photo Caption: Collin Cornett of Minneapolis, Minn., and a team of young Catholics paint the interior of the parish center at St. Mary Parish in Champaign as part of their Catholic HEART Workcamp experience. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — As Jazmin Butzin cleared trays of dirty lunch dishes for guests at the Daily Bread […]

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Catholics urged to speak truth ‘with love’ on religious freedom

Photo Caption: A woman wearing patriotic clothing prays during the Fortnight for Freedom closing Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington July 4. By: By Mark Zimmerman, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — As people of faith and as Americans, the nation’s Catholics should kneel in prayer and […]

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Statements follow court decisions on same-sex marriage cases

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Post’s regular editorial was held for this issue in order to print two statements released following the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on June 26 relating to same-sex marriage. Those statements follow: FROM THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS The Catholic Conference of Illinois regrets the U.S. Supreme Court’s wrong decision to invalidate […]

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Recently released films reviewed on basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Animated characters Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, Margo, voiced by Miranda Cosgrove, Agnes, voiced by Elise Fisher, and Edith, voiced by Dana Gaier, are seen in the movie “Despicable Me 2.” The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of […]

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Faith is light of human life, says pope in his first encyclical

Photo Caption: Pope Francis, right, embraces retired Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in the Vatican gardens July 5. By: By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ first encyclical, “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”), is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a “successful and […]

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Pope clears sainthood path for John Paul II, John XXIII

Photo Caption: Blessed John Paul II is pictured at the start of his 1987 trip to the United States; at right, a painting of Blessed John XXIII, the pope who convened the Second Vatican Council. By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis signed a decree clearing the way for […]

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Spanish-speaking Catholics of diocese pray through the night

Photo Caption: Father Fredi Gomez Torres, pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Mendota, and director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Peoria, accepts the Offertory gifts at the opening Mass of the all-night vigil. While most of us slept, they prayed, sang, and shared their faith.Spanish-speaking Catholics from around the Diocese of Peoria took part […]

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