Approved miracle paves the way for canonization of two Fatima visionaries

Jacinta and Francisco Marto are pictured with their cousin Lucia dos Santos (right) in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children, thus paving the way for their canonization. (CNS file photo)

By Junno Arocho Esteves/Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for the causes of Blesseds Francisco […]

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Bishop Jenky announces a ‘Mary March’ in October to celebrate Fatima centenary

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried through a crowd in 2016 at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Bishop Jenky has announced that the Diocese of Peoria will host a "Mary March" in October in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the apparations of our Blessed Mother to the children at Fatima. (CNS/Paulo Chunho, EPA)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Peoria’s historic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and plans to mark the 100th anniversary of her appearances to the children at Fatima were outlined this week by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in the following letter. To the Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Peoria: My Dear […]

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“The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (A24)

Kiernan Shipka stars in a scene from the movie "The Blackcoat's Daughter." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/A24)

By Catholic News Service Stylish and very adult demon-possession drama set at a Catholic boarding school in the dead of winter. There an old-fashioned fiend, complete with two horns, inhabits a glowing basement coal furnace and uses a hallway pay phone to command a gloomy freshman (Kiernan Shipka) to carry out murderous sacrifices. Writer-director Oz […]

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“The Zookeeper’s Wife” (Focus)

Jessica Chastain stars in a scene from the movie "The Zookeeper's Wife." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Inspiring but dramatically thin historical drama in which the couple (Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh) who run the Warsaw Zoo defy the Nazis occupying Poland — including the head (Daniel Bruhl) of their facility’s counterpart in Berlin who has been made their supervisor — by smuggling Jews out of the ghetto […]

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‘Claiming the Victory of the Cross’ is Charismatic Day of Renewal theme May 6

The day of renewal at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria will three teaching sessions. (Image from

The Office of the Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Peoria will hold a day of renewal on Saturday, May 6, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The theme is “Claiming the Victory of the Cross.” It will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include three teachings: “Gift of Discernment” will be […]

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Young adults invited to seek beauty, find God at Saint John Summer Conference

A scene of Family Stations of the Cross through downtown Peoria at a previous Saint John Summer Conference. (Photo from

PRINCEVILLE — The Community of St. John is inviting young adults to spend time “Seeking Beauty . . . Finding God” at a summer conference that will be held from Thursday, May 18, to Sunday, May 21. It will take place on the community’s grounds at 11223 W. Legion Hall Road. In addition to daily […]

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Thank you, Bishop Jenky, for 15 years of faithful leadership of our diocese

Bishop Jenky is applauded as he is seated for the first time in the Bishop's Chair at St. Mary's Cathedral during his Mass of Installation as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on April 10, 2002. (Catholic Post file/Patrick Murphy-Racey)

This is a year of milestones for Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. On March 3, he observed his 70th birthday. This year is also his golden jubilee of professing first vows with his religious community, the Congregation of Holy Cross. In December, it will be 20 years since he was ordained a bishop, first serving […]

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Grace saves our well-intentioned but often weak, impulsive human hearts

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/April 9 (At the procession with palms) Matthew 21:1-11 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 In every grocery store around the country, there rest rows of candy bars, stacks of magazines, and displays of DVDs all awaiting the eyes of […]

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