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South African churches rally to help victims of xenophobic violence

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Hundreds of victims of xenophobic violence in South Africa are being housed in church halls in Durban as the country’s faith communities and civil society rally to help those displaced. “We’re housing more than 430 people, mostly from Zimbabwe, but also from Mozambique, Malawi, Burundi and the Democratic Republic […]

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Bloomington parishioner dies on El Salvador mission trip

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington-Normal Catholic community this week is mourning David McKinney, an active member of Holy Trinity Parish here who died on Saturday, June 21, while on a mission trip to El Salvador. McKinney, 54, apparently drown-ed while swimming in the Pacific Ocean near Playa San Diego. He and 16 other members of the […]

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Flooding reaches diocese

Photo Caption: Father John Thieryoung, pastor of St. Mary’s Mission in Keithsburg, and parishioner Gary Shaw survey rising floodwaters in the Mercer County village on Monday. By: Tom Dermody and Jared Olar KEITHSBURG — Father John Thieryoung looked at the houses and businesses inundated by water in this Mississippi River village in Mercer County and […]

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Pope’s biographer shares insights, advice

By: By Jared Olar The pontificate of the late Pope John Paul II was a stabilizing influence that can enable Catholics in the United States to “seize the Catholic moment” and shape the culture for the better. So said George Weigel at a special gathering of clergy from throughout the diocese last Thursday afternoon at […]

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Memories of Flood of ’93

Following the path of the record flood waters this week from devastated central Iowa to the Mississippi River along the Diocese of Peoria’s western border — and now points south — has been like watching a disaster unfold in slow motion. And for those of us who saw or lived through the Flood of 1993 […]

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‘Blessed day’: Diocese adds six priests

Photo Caption: The new priests join Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in blessing the assembly at the end of the more than two-hour liturgy. By: Jared Olar A standing-room-only crowd packed St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, May 24, to celebrate the ordination of the Diocese of Peoria’s six newest priests and two transitional deacons. “What […]

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