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Street near St. Mary’s Cathedral to receive honorary title “Bishop Sheen Dr.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured in an undated file photo. (CNS)

A three-block section of N.E. Madison Avenue in Peoria from the Spalding Pastoral Center to St. Mary’s Cathedral will soon bear the honorary title of “Bishop Fulton Sheen Dr.” The public is invited to a brief ceremony in front of the cathedral, 607 N.E. Madison, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, during which the […]

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Distinguished Teacher: Kathy Mazander makes learning fun at St. Mary, Kickapoo

During at-home learning, Kathy Mazander of St. Mary's School in Kickapoo found a way to keep her students excited by wearing different hats and accessories. (Provided photo)

KICKAPOO — Rolling with day-to-day change is something Kathy Mazander is used to. As the teacher of a combined first and second grade classroom at St. Mary School here, keeping lots of little minds engaged at different levels requires fast thinking and an element of fun. At-home learning over the last year has added a […]

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“Our Friend” (Gravitas Ventures)

Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in a scene from the movie "Our Friend." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Claire Folger, Gravitas Ventures)

Screen version of a 2015 Esquire magazine article by Matthew Teague (Casey Affleck) recounting the unwavering and selfless support the journalist and his terminally ill wife (Dakota Johnson) received from their best friend (Jason Segel) who, as her death approached, moved in with the couple and helped to care for their two daughters (Isabella Kai […]

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“The Little Things” (Warner Bros.)

Denzel Washington and Rami Malek star in a scene from the movie "The Little Things." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Nicola Goode, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

Brooding crime drama, set in 1990 Los Angeles, in which a former LAPD officer (Denzel Washington) who burned out over a murder case and now works for a small sheriff’s department makes a brief return visit to the city and is recruited by a homicide sergeant (Rami Malek) to help solve a string of similar […]

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“Promising Young Woman” (Focus)

Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham star in a scene from the movie "Promising Young Woman." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Merie Weismiller Wallace, Focus Features)

Vengeance-driven vigilantism is the order of the day in this black comedy-tinged drama from writer-director Emerald Fennell. Traumatized and embittered by the sexual victimization and subsequent death of a childhood friend during their time attending medical school together, a barista (Carey Mulligan) who has abandoned her ambition to become a doctor spends her nights in […]

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Sr. M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, dies; pioneer helped establish Lacon Franciscans

In this 2018 file photo, Sister M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, a longtime nurse, enjoys the time she spends with caregivers (from left) Becky Lamie, CNA; Renee Perrin, RN; and Sydnie Angel, CNA, at St. Joseph Home of Lacon. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LACON — A private Mass of Christian Burial was offered Jan. 30 for Sister M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, one of 15 members of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi who traveled from Slovakia to central Illinois in 1946 to establish a new branch of the religious community in the United States. The Mass took […]

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Bishops, pro-life leaders decry Biden decision to rescind ‘Mexico City policy’

President Joe Biden signs an executive order about climate change at the White House in Washington on Jan. 27. The following day, he signed a memo rescinding the so-called "Mexico City" policy that blocked U.S. funding for nongovernmental organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a form of family planning in other nations. (CNS/Reuters)

By Julie Asher / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life and international policy committees said President Joe Biden’s memo rescinding the so-called “Mexico City policy” Jan. 28 is a “grievous” action that “actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations.” “(It) is antithetical to reason, violates […]

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Distinguished Principal: Jane Barrett feels ‘blessed’ to do what she loves at Seton

Taking temperatures and screening students for good health are now all in a day's work for Jane Barrett, principal of Seton Catholic School in Moline, as she greets the children each day. (Provided photo)

MOLINE — Jane Barrett always wanted to be a teacher. She remembers playing school with the neighborhood kids in the basement of her childhood home and even then her mother would say, “I swear you got that kid through first grade!” “I always loved kids,” she said. “It’s just something that I was very blessed […]

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Clergy appointments affect leadership in LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby parishes

CLERGY APPOINTMENTS Father Gary Blake, while remaining vicar forane of the LaSalle Vicariate, from pastor, Holy Family Parish, Oglesby, to pastor, St. Valentine Parish, St. Mary Parish, and St. Joseph Parish, all in Peru Father Paul Carlson, from pastor, St. Hyacinth Parish and St. Patrick Parish, both in LaSalle, and rector of Queen of the […]

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First walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes, Germantown Hills, takes unique paths

The first-ever walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes in Germantown Hills took people past the monument for the unborn in the parish cemetery. Here Ileen Grebner, director of faith formation (left), stands with members of the Verdun, Cox and Hogan families and their friends. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — In some ways, the first-ever walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish last Sunday was like any other walk for life in that people braved the cold of a January day to show their support for human life from the moment of conception until natural death. That doesn’t mean it […]

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