Life rally here set on historic day

The presidential inauguration will be on the minds of many this Tuesday, including those attending that evening’s Sanctity of Human Life Rally in downtown Peoria. Derrick Jones, communications director for the National Right to Life Committee, will be the featured speaker at the rally, where he will talk about what President Barack Obama’s election portends […]

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Bishop to join March for Life throng

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will join hundreds of representatives from the Diocese of Peoria and tens of thousands of other participants at the national March for Life and supporting events this week in Washington, D.C. “This year especially, I thought it was necessary to witness in Washington, D.C., to the Gospel of Life,” Bishop […]

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250 teens to join Bishop Jenky in D.C.

Every year since Jan. 22, 1973, when the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion through the Roe vs. Wade decision, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country have participated in a “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. Among them this year will be nearly 250 Catholic high school students from the Diocese of […]

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Lake City

Rating: A-III (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. Atmospheric family drama in which a young man (Troy Garity) targeted by a criminal (Dave Matthews) escapes to his rural childhood home with […]

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U.S. church-state model faces new challenges, speakers say

ROME (CNS) — The traditional U.S. model of church-state relations has been praised by Pope Benedict XVI as a form of “healthy secularism,” but it risks being eroded by those who want to limit religion’s influence in public life, speakers at a Rome conference said. The conference Jan. 13 marked the 25th anniversary of formal […]

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ACLU files suit against HHS over trafficking grants to USCCB

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over human trafficking grants allocated to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The federal agency is violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment “by permitting USCCB to impose a religiously based restriction […]

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Franciscans invite women to overnight retreat Jan. 30

THE COMPASSION of Jesus will be the focus of an overnight retreat for women ages 18 to 40 to be offered in West Peoria later this month by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans.The retreat begins with a 6 p.m. dinner on Friday, Jan. 30, […]

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Make a rosary resolution

A resolution that every Catholic of our diocese should have considered, and can still consider, making and keeping for 2009 is to incorporate the rosary into our regular prayer life. As Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, pointed out in his Festival Letter published last week, we likely all have rosaries given to us as gifts […]

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Transforming power of baptism

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 11 Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 or Isaiah 55:1-11; Psalm 29:1-2,3-4,9-10 or Isaiah 12:2-3,4bcd,5-6; Acts 10:34-38 or 1 John 5:1-9; Mark 1:7-11 With today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we conclude the Christmas cycle. This feast bridges Jesus’ early life and the beginning of his public ministry. […]

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