A little bit country: Pope Francis looks at the nitty-gritty of family life

Children spend time with their grandmother on the front porch of their home in Hillsdale, Mo. Pope Francis' postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), was released April 8. (CNS/Sid Hastings)

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service Vatican Letter/Backgrounder and Analysis VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ hymn to love and family life is more like a country song than a Disney tune. In “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, there is passion and devotion, but also heartache […]

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Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, Pope Francis urges

Copies of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), are seen during the document's release at the Vatican April 8. The exhortation is the concluding document of the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation. The document, “‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of Love), […]

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Full text of Divine Mercy reflection by Father Glenn Harris in Rock Island

Father Glenn Harris is pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Rapids City and St. Mary Parish, Hampton.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the text of the Divine Mercy Sunday reflection offered by Father Glenn Harris at St. Pius X in Rock Island on April 3. The Rock Island service was one of six regional celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday in the Diocese of Peoria. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke: […]

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EWTN’S Mother Angelica spoke in Peoria, and with The Catholic Post, in 1985

Mother Angelica, founder of Eternal Word Television Network, died March 27 at the age of 92. (CNS files)

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Mother Angelica, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network, died on Easter Sunday, March 27. The following account of her 1985 visit to Peoria appeared on the front page of the March 31, 1985 issue of The Catholic Post. It was written by then-editor Albina Aspell. By Albina Aspell She calls herself “a […]

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Diocese receives, celebrates and shares the gift of Divine Mercy at services

Father Daniel Gifford offers a reflection on Divine Mercy at St. John's Catholic Chapel in Champaign, the site of one of several regional celebrations in the Diocese of Peoria on April 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — The Door of Mercy at St. John’s Catholic Chapel was well used on Divine Mercy Sunday as people entered to seek the sacrament of reconciliation, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy together. The door swings both ways, however, Father Daniel Gifford reminded them during his reflection on […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal is under way; seeks $6,216,000 to support ministries

Pledges for the Annual Diocesan Appeal will be sought in most parishes the weekend of April 9-10.

When the 2016 Annual Diocesan Appeal opens this weekend in parishes around the Diocese of Peoria seeking funding for diocesan ministries, it will also educate on mercy and stewardship — with a special focus on the next generation of Catholics. “Blessed are the Merciful” is the theme of this year’s appeal, to be conducted in […]

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Run, Mother, run

The story of Mother Angelica's visit to Peoria from the front page of the March 31, 1985, edition of The Catholic Post.

When Mother Angelica died on Easter Sunday, March 27, we searched our files for a time the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network visited the Diocese of Peoria. It turned out to be 31 years ago almost to the day. It wasn’t Easter that brought Mother Angelica, then a 61-year-old dynamo, to Peoria on […]

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Fr. Ted Pracz to mark golden jubilee with April 24 Mass at Holy Family, Danville

Fr. Ted Pracz

HOOPESTON — He consented to be interviewed for his 50th anniversary of ordination, but Father Ted Pracz asked that the story be short and to the point. “God deserves the thanks and the glory,” he said simply. And that’s how Father Pracz will observe his golden jubilee on Sunday, April 24. He plans to celebrate […]

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Bishop invites all Catholic men to annual march and Mass in Peoria on April 23

A scene from the men's march at the 2015 "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith." This year's event is Saturday, April 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has encouraged all men of the Diocese of Peoria to take part in the 13th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” in downtown Peoria on Saturday morning, April 23 — and to arrive a little early. Noting the 2016 men’s march and Mass takes place during the Holy […]

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Champaign girl will be 15th family member in First Communion dress tradition

Rose Ruedi adjusts the veil of the First Communion dress modeled by her granddaughter Anna Vasey. Anna will become the 15th member of the family to wear the dress when she makes her First Communion on April 16 at St. Matthew Church in Champaign. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — When they bought a First Communion dress for their granddaughter in 1962, Leopold and Rose Salato probably had no idea that it would be used more than once. It became a cherished family heirloom, however, and next weekend will be worn for the 15th time. That honor goes to their great-great-granddaughter, Anna Vasey, […]

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