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Recent movies reviewed by CNS on the basis of moral suitability

Rating: By Catholic News Service PHOTO: Luiz, voiced by Tracy Morgan, Rafael, voiced by George Lopez, Blu, voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Pedro, voiced by will.i.am, and Nico, voiced by Jamie Foxx, are seen in the animated movie “Rio 2.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. See review below. (CNS photo/Fox) —– […]

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St. Mary’s Cathedral in need of repairs starting this summer

Photo Caption: Evidence of water damage is clearly visible around this window at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. By: By Tom Dermody Nearing its 125th birthday and showing signs of age, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria was due for a thorough exam. The results are in and have spurred caregivers of the mother church of […]

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Divine Mercy Sunday events in diocese include Family Faith Fest

Catholics throughout the Diocese of Peoria will join their prayers with people around the world as Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II are canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. It was John Paul II who declared in 2000 that the Second Sunday of Easter would be devoted to the celebration […]

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No matter how close we are, Jesus has more to reveal

By: By Shawn Reeves Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 13 (At the procession with palms) Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 Every Sunday, when we declare, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest,” my mind races to the original […]

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Newman students help rebuild lives after Gifford tornado

By: Photo and text by Tom Dermody GIFFORD — “Mary, help of Christians, pray for us. Let’s go get to work.” With that charge from Sister Maryann Schaefer, FMA, a group of seven students from St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois ended their prayer huddle (pictured above) April 6 and began […]

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‘Furry angel’ always has eyes on Jordan Catholic student

Photo Caption: Kellsey McGuire demonstrates the training that make her and Jasper, a 2-year-old Lab mix, such a winning team. By: By Jennifer Willems ROCK ISLAND — Bringing your best friend to school every day might be called a bonus. When that best friend can save your life, however, he’s called a hero. That’s what […]

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Be not afraid: Faith-based leaders learn from challenges

Photo Caption: State Rep. Mike Unes (R-91st) shares the story of why he got into politics during the Faith-Based Leadership Workshop in Peoria on March 29. By: By Tom Dermody Asked to boil down a morning of discussion on faith-centered leadership to just three words of advice, a group of students from the John Paul […]

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Immaculate Conception, Manito makes way for a new church

Photo Caption: Father David Whiteside, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Manito, stands close to the church as it is razed April 5. Parishioners have raised $1.45 million toward a new church and parish hall. By: By Jennifer Willems MANITO — It took just 23 minutes for Immaculate Conception Church here to be reduced to rubble […]

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