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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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Four Christmases

Rating: A-III (PG-13) Routine comedy in which an airport shutdown ruins an unmarried couple’s (Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon) usual Christmas getaway, forcing them instead to spend the holiday visiting each of their divorced parents (Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek and Jon Voight). Despite the innovative casting of dramatic actors in comic roles, documentarian […]

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Bolt

Rating: A-I (PG) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The canine star of a TV show (voice of John Travolta), raised to believe he has superpowers and that the program on which he continually […]

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Darin and Molly’s wedding day highlights

Final in a series GENESEO — United in faith and love, Darin Ries and Molly McKean are now united in marriage. They joined their lives on Nov. 8, during a Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Bradford. The daughter of Peter and Mary McKean, Molly was a lifelong member of the parish. One […]

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Rock Island church as an edible edifice

ROCK ISLAND — The bricks, mortar, and stained glass of Sacred Heart Church here were replaced with gingerbread, frosting, and crushed lollipops in a tiny replica that may go a long way to help fix a boiler at the 106-year-old church. The edible edifice was a part of the Gingerbread Village at this year’s Festival […]

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