Pope’s continuing knee troubles force postponement of his July trip to Africa

Pope Francis is pushed in a wheelchair by his aide, Sandro Mariotti, after giving the homily during Mass for the feast of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on June 5. On his doctors' advice because of ongoing problems with his knee, the pope will not travel to Congo and South Sudan in early July, the Vatican announced June 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Because of continuing problems with his knee, Pope Francis has postponed his planned trip to Congo and South Sudan July 2-7, said the Vatican press office. Matteo Bruni, director of the press office, did not mention whether the pope’s planned trip to Canada in […]

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New Catholics joyful, ‘closer to God’ as they join Bishop Tylka for Pentecost Mass

Pat Corrigan, who was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil at Holy Cross in Mendota, accepted Bishop Louis Tylka's invitation to attend the Mass for New Catholics on Pentecost Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. She loves being Catholic and said, "I think I found more peace, more comfort. I feel more loved." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Pentecost Sunday was special for Pat Corrigan of Mendota in more than one way. Not only did it mark the “birthday of the church,” but it gave her an opportunity to celebrate being received into that church at the Easter Vigil. Corrigan, who attends Sts. Peter and Paul in Peterstown, was one of many new […]

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“Jurassic World Dominion” (Universal)

This is a poster for the movie "Jurassic World Dominion." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

Wrap-up of the second trilogy of sci-fi films ultimately derived from novels by Michael Crichton. As the trio of scientists (Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum) at the heart of the original movie works to thwart the machinations of an evil biotech corporation (headed by Campbell Scott), the duo (Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris […]

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Brutal attack on Pentecost Mass-goers in Nigeria called attack on ‘entire church’

St. Francis Xavier Church is seen the day after worshippers were attacked by gunmen during Pentecost Mass, in Owo, Nigeria, June 5. Reports said at least 50 people were killed in the attack. (CNS/Temilade Adelaja, Reuters)

This story was updated on June 8, 2022 By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — The brutal attack on people at a Catholic church in Nigeria on Pentecost Sunday is “an attack on the entire church,” said a U.S. official of Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity. According to the […]

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U.S. bishops urge Congress to address gun violence, suggest specific measures

Pictured in this composite photo clockwise from top left are: Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Bishop Thomas A. Daly of Spokane, Wash., chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; and Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. (CNS composite/photos by Robert Duncan, Paul Haring, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and Dennis Callahan of the Archdiocese of San Francisco)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In response to the multiple mass shootings in recent weeks, the chairmen of four U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to “stop the massacres of innocent lives.” “We urge all members of Congress to reflect on the compassion […]

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Fr. Anderson, marking 60th anniversary on June 3, says ‘It’s been a good life’

Father Joseph Anderson

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Father Joseph Anderson likes to look up. He’s not necessarily seeking heavenly guidance — although there are those moments — but studying the sky. “I got to know astronomy when I first came here to Green Valley,” he told The Catholic Post. “It’s been very helpful to appreciate the universe in […]

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After 60 years of priestly ministry, Msgr. Pricco continues to bless and feel blessed

One of the ways Msgr. Richard Pricco expresses his creativity is through this train village, which takes up the entire attic of his LaSalle home. It features Pricco's General Store and Annie's Cafe, named for his mother. His photo can be seen in the window of one of the buildings. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LASALLE — Msgr. Richard Pricco makes it a point to wave to people as he walks his dog each morning. He’s not just being polite. “The wave is a ‘God bless you!’ I don’t care if they wave back. I’m blessing them,” he said. “And who knows what that blessing does to them that day?” […]

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For graduates: Prayerful discernment is key to job search, being worker God needs

As The Catholic Post was putting together the story on “Faithful Careers: Integrating the Catholic Faith and Work” by Dr. Peter Smudde, we asked for his thoughts about why taking a faith-filled approach to finding a job and building one’s career is important to bring college graduates the kind of satisfaction they’re seeking. His response […]

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San Diego bishop says he was ‘stunned,’ ‘humbled’ by being named a cardinal

Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego, seen here during a Mass in 2020., was among 21 new cardinals named by Pope Francis on May 29. (CNS/David Maung, Diocese of San Diego)

By Catholic News Service SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Cardinal-designate Robert W. McElroy told reporters May 31 that when he learned he is among the 21 new cardinals Pope Francis will create Aug. 27, “I said a big prayer.” “I said several prayers because I was stunned and so shocked by this,” said the 68-year-old prelate […]

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To senior status: Father Thomas Taylor — juggler, chess expert, and a gentle priest

Father Thomas Taylor, parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish since 2016 and a priest of the Diocese of Peoria for nearly four decades, has been granted senior status effective June 15. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When Father Thomas Taylor preaches at all the Masses at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria on June 11-12 — his final weekend at the parish before transitioning to senior status the following Wednesday — he will be juggling many emotions. But that’s not all Father Taylor will be juggling. After all, it’s Trinity […]

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