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Lessons for Dads from the spontaneous gestures of the Holy Father

Dads, take a Father’s Day lesson from the Holy Father. Pope Francis is gaining quite a reputation for spontaneous gestures that show his joy or compassion. And his visit to the Holy Land included more off-the-script moments. For example, on his way to a Mass in Bethlehem, he made an unscheduled stop to pray before […]

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Pope to presidents: Only God can bring peace to Holy Land

Photo Caption: Pope Francis looks on as Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embrace during an invocation for peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8. By: By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis […]

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Christ Child Society’s work earns praise from Bishop Jenky

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky asks Nancy Olson, second vice president, about items that are included in the layettes put together by the Christ Child Society. “You’ve made something wonderful happen here,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told members of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois during a recent visit to their new workroom at […]

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Kindergartners in Kickapoo pedal to help sick children ‘feel better’

Photo Caption: Jordyn Twidwell and Mia Cashatt, both in pre-kindergarten at St. Mary School in Kickapoo, “Pedal for a Cure” to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on May 23.. By: By Jennifer Willems KICKAPOO — Cancer may be a tough concept for students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten to understand, but helping sick […]

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Mendota Community Hospital may join OSF Healthcare System

MENDOTA — Mendota Community Hospital has signed a Letter of Intent to affiliate with OSF Healthcare System, the two organizations announced May 21. “OSF and Mendota Community Hospital share a united vision for the future,” said Kevin Schoeplein, chief executive officer of OSF Healthcare System, which is owned and operated by the Sisters of the […]

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Msgr. Swetland named president of Donnelly College in Kansas

Photo Caption: A priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Msgr. Swetland will take up his new post on July 1. KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Noting how vital the apostolate of Catholic education is, especially at the college level, Msgr. Stuart Swetland has accepted an appointment as president of Donnelly College here. He will take up […]

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Diocese’s First Communicants celebrate at cathedral Mass

Photo Caption: Dulce Espana proclaims the second reading during the Mass for First Communicants from around the Diocese of Peoria at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on May 31. By: By Tom Dermody Last Saturday was the third time Valeriano Vargas got to wear his white suit made in Mexico, the second time he received […]

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Meet the top graduates of our seven Catholic high schools

The seven Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria have completed commencement exercises. Following are brief biographies of the 2014 valedictorians and salutatorians at each school. We congratulate them and all members of the Class of 2014. This year, we invited the top students to answer two questions: 1) “How would you describe the […]

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Light of Christ dispels darkness for young adults at conference

By: By Jennifer Willems PHOTO: A eucharistic procession by torchlight on May 31 at the Saint John Summer Conference in rural Princeville makes a stop for prayer. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems —– PRINCEVILLE — Young adults attending the 2014 Saint John Summer Conference heard several talks about darkness and light in the life of faith […]

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This Pentecost Day, are we marching toward heaven or hell?

By: By Msgr. Albert Hallin Pentecost Sunday, June 8 Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13; Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus; John 20:19-23 Step back for a moment and take a long, hard look at the whole sweep of God’s plan to save mankind from the disaster of a lifestyle of mortal sin. It’s Pentecost! Jesus […]

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