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Rite of Election ceremonies set at cathedral March 1

At Easter, the family of God in central Illinois will grow by 366 and the final preparations for receiving these men, women and children into the church begins next Sunday, March 1, at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. The ceremonies, which take place in the context of prayer services, will be […]

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White Mass: Healing our wounded world

In the presence of a community that has become known for its compassionate care for the lepers and the desperately poor people of Calcutta, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, preached about a leper who had enough faith to kneel at Jesus’ feet and seek the healing and hope he needed. “Let us consciously, at this […]

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Diocesan events celebrate marriage on Valentine’s Day

On the evening of Valentine’s Day, Tim Roder had a question for the more than 100 married couples enjoying a candlelight dinner on a “date night” sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria: “What have you done for your marriage today?” There was one catch. Roder told the couples they couldn’t say the best thing many […]

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Awards bestowed at Diocesan Scout Mass (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: Girl Scouts join in prayer at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 15. By: By Jared Olar The annual Diocesan Scout Mass is always a special time for the Scouts and Scout leaders who receive badges and medals, but two surprise awards made this year’s Mass even more memorable. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, […]

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God’s gift of forgiveness

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 22 Isaiah 43:18-19,21-22,24b-25; Psalm 41:2-3,4-5,13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12 The story recounted in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of the most unusual scenes in the New Testament. A paralytic in need of healing, prevented from seeing Jesus by the huge crowd, is […]

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Send yourself to Springfield

OK, it’s taking place on a Wednesday — not the easiest day to free ourselves from work responsibilities to head out of town. But we join the Catholic Conference of Illinois in hoping that representatives from many, many parishes in the Diocese of Peoria will be in Springfield on March 4 for the first-ever “Catholics […]

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Poverty Forum offers new solutions to aid marginalized people

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eighteen individuals with expertise in anti-poverty initiatives and poverty reform efforts have put forth a multitiered proposal that they say can help reduce poverty for Americans living on the margins. Under the title the Poverty Forum, the individuals Feb. 17 called upon the administration of President Barack Obama and the Congress to […]

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New Illinois law allows pastoral workers to visit immigrant detainees

CHICAGO (CNS) — Supporters of the religious rights of immigrants detained by the federal government celebrated the passage of a law requiring Illinois state and county detention facilities to allow detained immigrants to meet with pastoral workers. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, of which the Archdiocese of Chicago and many other Catholic […]

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Catholic legislators must protect life, pope tells Speaker Pelosi

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI met privately with U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, and told her that all Catholics, especially those who are lawmakers, must work to protect human life at every stage. Pelosi, a Catholic Democrat from California, has been criticized by many Catholics for her support […]

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Rating: O (R) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Relentlessly violent horror action prequel in which a part-human, part-werewolf Lycan (Michael Sheen) leads a slave revolt against a cruel vampire king (Bill […]

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