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Prayer list long as 2019 opens

If one of your resolutions for 2019 was to pray more, and we hope that’s the case, then there is no shortage of intentions as the new year opens. We have a few suggestions just for the month of January. As you receive this, more than 200 Catholic bishops from throughout the United States are […]

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‘Supergirl’ Sierra, 6, on gift-giving mission to spread joy at OSF Children’s Hospital

Sierra Grace Biagioni of Peru, also known as Miss Claus, delivers a bag filled with 54 $25 gift cards to OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois on Dec. 24. Accepting the gift on behalf of the young patients is Child Life Specialist Hillary Reiner. (Provided photo)

PERU — Like any superhero, Sierra Grace Biagioni has several aliases. Some call her Supergirl, which was her chosen costume for Halloween and the theme for her Nov. 2 birthday party a couple years ago. This Christmas, however, the 6-year-old was known as Miss Claus, donating 54 $25 gift cards to OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital […]

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Pope to U.S. bishops as retreat begins: Abuse crisis requires conversion, humility

U.S. bishops pray during Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mundelein Seminary Jan. 3 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Illinois, near Chicago. The U.S. bishops are on retreat Jan. 2-8 at the seminary, suggested by Pope Francis in September, which comes as the bishops work to rebuild trust among the faithful as questions continue to revolve around their handling of clergy sex abuse. (CNS/Bob Roller)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The clerical abuse crisis and the “crisis of credibility” it created for the U.S. bishops have led to serious divisions within the U.S. church and to a temptation to look for administrative solutions to problems that go much deeper, Pope Francis told the U.S. […]

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Sr. Audrey Cleary, OSB, dies; teacher, also in diocesan, parish, and prayer ministries

Sister Audrey Cleary, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery, for Sister Audrey Cleary, OSB. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. Visitation is planned for Thursday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the monastery, […]

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