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Are women more religious than men?

Women, especially among Christians around the world, generally are more devout than men by several standard measures, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. In the United States in particular, women of all religions are more likely than men to say they pray daily (64 percent to 47 percent); attend religious services at […]

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Why Brittney Morales will walk 3,000 miles for pro-life cause this summer

Brittney Morales of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria shows the southern route across the United States she will walk this summer as part of the Crossroads pro-life mission. (Provided photo)

At 28, Brittney Morales knows that people her age are targeted by a culture that promotes a contraceptive mentality and casual attitude toward abortion. She is committed to fighting that, even if it means walking 3,000 miles this summer to prove it. Morales, an active member of the young adult group at St. Philomena Parish […]

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Spring Valley parish prays for pastor critically injured in automobile accident

Father Robert Spilman

Father Robert Spilman, pastor of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Spring Valley, remained in critical condition at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria on Tuesday after sustaining injuries in a two-vehicle accident on March 17 on U.S. 6 east of Princeton. A prayer service for his recovery took place after 6:30 p.m. Stations […]

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Hundreds begin St. Patrick’s Day at cathedral Mass with Bishop Jenky

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School carry a relic of St. Patrick into St. Mary's Cathedral at the start of the annual St. Patrick's Day Mass celebrated by Bishop Jenky. Truman Ralph is in the foreground, Andrew Winschel is to his left, Luke Shadid is in back and hidden in back is Luc Jackson. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Patrick’s Day is “a festival of faith,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, reminded hundreds of Catholics who began the feast by joining him for an 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “It is a day when we remember and give thanks for a heroic missionary and for Catholic tradition in Ireland,” […]

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“The Perfect Match” (Lionsgate)

Terrence Jenkins and Paula Patton star in the movie "The Perfect Match." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service This so-called romantic comedy follows the sexual escapades of a womanizing Southern California talent agent and photographer (Terrence J.) who puts his one-night stands on hold after falling for a mysterious stranger (Cassie Ventura). The triumph of true love would please his concerned therapist sister (Paula Patton). But the example provided […]

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“10 Cloverfield Lane” (Paramount)

John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. star in a scene from the movie "10 Cloverfield Lane." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Audacious, witty, intelligent and skillfully made, this bracing combination of suspense and science fiction from director Dan Trachtenberg is also refreshingly free of vulgarity. Held captive in an underground bunker by a paranoid and possibly murderous survivalist (John Goodman) who insists he saved her from an apocalyptic event in the wider […]

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“The Brothers Grimsby” (Columbia)

Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong star in a scene from the movie "The Brothers Grimsby." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service When a bumbling halfwit (Sacha Baron Cohen) from a poverty-stricken town in Northern England reunites with his long-lost brother (Mark Strong), a skilled secret agent, he not only compromises his sibling’s undercover operation but makes it appear that the operative has turned traitor. So the two are forced to hide out […]

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“The Young Messiah” (Focus)

Adam Greaves-Neal stars in a scene from the movie "The Young Messiah." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Focus)

By Catholic News Service This engaging dramatization remains faithful to the underlying message of scripture even as it speculates about the childhood of Jesus (played here, age 7, by Adam Greaves-Neal), a topic on which the Gospels are virtually silent. As Joseph (Vincent Walsh) leads his family back from exile in Egypt, he and Mary (Sara […]

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St. Philomena, Peoria, blesses ground for new parish center, campus renovation

Pictured with a sample of dirt from the building site and the foundation stone for the new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria during ground blessing ceremonies March 13 are, from left, Tracy Coker of Dewberry Architecture; Eric Bursott of River City Construction; Churck Grayeb, Peoria City Council representative; Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis; Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC; Father David Richardson, pastor; Steve Knecht and Allyson Schneider, parish trustees; Mike Mahoney and Kris Coulter, representing the building and capital campaign committees. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As a gentle rain fell on the building site March 13, holy water was sprinkled inside St. Philomena Church in Peoria on the foundation stone of a new parish center. “Jesus is the unshakable cornerstone of your kingdom,” prayed Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during ground blessing ceremonies for a 20,200-square- foot facility that will […]

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List of reconciliation services around the Diocese of Peoria as Holy Week nears

A penitent receiving absolution in the sacrament of reconciliation is portrayed in this photo illustration. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The sacrament of reconciliation is being made available throughout the Diocese of Peoria during Lent, with most parishes adding times for individual confession for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This is especially true on Wednesdays as part of the “Light of Mercy” initiative started at the request of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. In addition, […]

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