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Galesburg woman has 300 Nativity sets

GALESBURG — Mary Wright is the first to admit that if she walks into a store and there’s a Nativity set there somewhere, she’ll find it. “They just sort of call out to me,” she said with a smile. Those “calls” and the kindness of her many friends over the years have made her the […]

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State Supreme Court to review Provena Covenant tax appeal

URBANA — The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a Fourth District Appellate Court ruling in August that canceled the property tax exemption of Provena Covenant Medical Center. Provena had filed a petition for “leave to appeal” that ruling in September, and the state’s high court granted that petition last Wednesday. “We are pleased […]

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Services in Danville for Fr. Gaughran, 88

DANVILLE — A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Family Church here on Nov. 14 for Father John B. Gaughran, 88, a native of Westville who served for 25 years as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Rapids City, and its mission of St. Mary’s, Hampton. Father Gaughran, who served in the Marine Corps […]

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Dedication key to Saints’ storybook season

Photo Caption: The Saints “march in” to Memorial Stadium in Champaign, led by Sean Stokes (4), Joe Ring (70), Jack Wombacher (68), Dan Curran (8), and Connor Kirkwood (64). By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Which of the following made the state Class 4A championship earned last Friday by Central Catholic High School the perfect […]

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Hardest lesson, well learned

We’re nearing the end of a year which began in our diocese with a call from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to focus on the brevity of life. “I would propose that all of us in the Church of Peoria not only strive to more deliberately remember the reality of death, but also to reclaim […]

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Revealing the glory of the Lord

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 7 Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalm 85:9-10,11-12,13-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Advent is a season of preparation. Last week we were called to be watchful and alert — to awaken to the possibility of a deeper encounter with God; to be “deeply shaken” into recognizing the […]

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New computer technologies pose dangers, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI warned young people of some of the dangers provoked by new computer technologies. Today’s younger generations are exposed to “a twofold risk caused primarily by the spread of new information technologies,” he told some 1,200 students and professors from the University of Parma, Italy, during an audience at […]

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Conference at Boston College examines problem of forced migration

BOSTON (CNS) — Today, 200 million people live in a country different from the one where they were born, and 26 to 30 million of them were forced from their homeland by adverse conditions beyond their control, a Vatican representative told a Boston conference. “Everyone is moving from everywhere to everywhere,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, […]

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Bishop Hubbard urges Obama to secure Israeli-Palestinian peace

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has joined other American Christian leaders in calling on President-elect Barack Obama to make lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace a priority during his first year in office. Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., is among 40 signers of […]

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Role Models

Rating: O (R) A carefree salesman (Seann William Scott) and his caustic partner (Paul Rudd), sentenced to community service, ineptly mentor a tough-talking fifth-grader (Bobb’e J. Thompson) and a socially awkward teen (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Despite a redemptive story line and some solid performances, director and co-writer David Wain’s buddy comedy — which also features Jane […]

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