Do we see Jesus as he really is, or more like how we want him to be?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 16 Isaiah 50:5-9a; Psalm 116:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 On his 51st birthday, H. Jackson Brown decided to jot down some of the lessons he had learned during his lifetime. He compiled a book after writing his own stories and asking others to do the same. […]

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U.S. bishops tell Pope Francis that abuse scandal has ‘lacerated’ the church

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, during a meeting with officials of the conference at the Vatican Sept. 13. Also pictured are Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the conference, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary of the conference. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the church in the United States has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.” “He listened very deeply from the heart,” said a statement released after the meeting Sept. 13. Cardinal Daniel […]

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Love of God, ready smiles equip new Moline directors of religious education

Anabel Torres and Yuliana Avalos make preparations for the beginning of faith formation classes at St. Mary Parish in Moline. They are among hundreds of religious educators across the Diocese of Peoria who will be honored this weekend for Catechetical Sunday. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — Yuliana Avalos and Anabel Torres may be brand new co-directors of religious education at St. Mary Parish, but they already have two of the most valuable tools needed to spread the faith. One is their passionate love of God. The other is a ready smile. “I always knew that God loved me because […]

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Thomas More Society president Brejcha will keynote Respect Life Dinner Oct. 7

Tom Brejcha

Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, will be the keynote speaker for the 37th annual Respect Life Dinner in Peoria on Sunday, Oct. 7. His presentation will follow the dinner and program that begins at 6 p.m. at Barrack’s Cater Inn, 1224 Pioneer Parkway in Peoria. Tickets must be purchased […]

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‘Prayers answered’: Champaign abortion provider stops after 40 Days for Life

Participants in the 40 Days for Life campaign are pictured this spring outside Women's Health Practice, 2125 S. Neil St. in Champaign. The facility, which offers gynecology, obstetrics, and other services for women, reportedly stopped performing abortions on April 1. Renee Mullen, volunteer coordinator for the local 40 Days for Life, is seen holding the sign at right. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Organizers of this area’s 40 Days for Life campaign reacted with joy, amazement, and gratitude to word that Women’s Health Practice of Champaign stopped providing abortions just days after the pro-life group’s spring campaign. “Everyone I know is saying it’s fantastic,” said Renee Mullen, volunteer coordinator for the local peaceful, prayerful public witness […]

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“The Predator” (Fox)

This is a scene from the movie "The Predator." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service The sixth film appearance of the eponymous creature from outer space, directed and co-written by Shane Black, features predictable mayhem and bloodshed, but also unwelcome vulgarity and tasteless humor, making this questionable viewing even for grown-ups. An army ranger (Boyd Holbrook) encounters the creature and steals its helmet and armor, which […]

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Catholic women throughout diocese are invited to convene Oct. 27 in Champaign

The convention speakers are Joann Hillebrand of Oakbrook, past president of the National Council of Catholic Women, and Bonnie Engstrom of Washington, who has a special connectoin to Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Women throughout central Illinois are invited to take a Saturday off and travel to Champaign to share stories of faith, plan for the future, and encourage one another to “cling to the truth of the Catholic faith” at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s biennial convention. It will be held Oct. 27 at St. […]

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Anticipated ordination ‘a little more real’ for seminarian after ciborium gift

Ed and Rosemary McGinnis, members of St. Columba Parish in Ottawa, present a ciborium to Deacon Danny McShane as his summer internship comes to an end. With them is the McGinnis’ 3-year-old grandson, Paxton. (Provided photo)

OTTAWA — Deacon Danny McShane took away more than pastoral experience and fond memories from his summer assignment with the Ottawa Catholic Community. He received a ciborium from Rosemary McGinnis, a longtime member of St. Columba Parish. It had been given to her in memory of her uncle, Sir Knight Andrew Massieon, a Fourth Degree […]

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Nympha White of Grand Ridge receives national Catholic women’s award

Nympha White of Grand Ridge holds the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award, which was presented to her recently by the National Council of Catholic Women at the annual convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Provided photo)

OTTAWA — The top honor the National Council of Catholic Women bestows is the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award and this year’s recipient is Nympha White of Grand Ridge. The award was presented during the 2018 NCCW convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. White was nominated for the award by Joan Weber of Peoria, a past […]

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