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250 Nativity displays coming to Galesburg parish open house

GALESBURG — Christmas shopping is the traditional way Americans spend the weekend after Thanksgiving, but the Altar Society at St. Patrick’s Parish is inviting people to try something different this year. The group is hosting a Nativity Open House on Saturday, Nov. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parish […]

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Confirmation class aids India’s tsunami recovery

SILVIS — Five families in India whose homes were destroyed by the massive tsunami of December 2004 will get new homes, thanks to the faithful work of nine teenagers from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis. Those teens are the members of their parish’s confirmation class that raised $1,500 during the past year as […]

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‘Post’ relocating to new pastoral center

This is the final issue of The Catholic Post to be produced out of our “home” office for six decades at 409 N.E. Monroe. Next week we will have a new address and phone number. After deadline on Wednesday, our offices were to join those of other diocesan ministries relocating to the new Spalding Pastoral […]

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The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Rating: L (PG-13) 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. Tedious horror tale about a teenage girl (Haley Bennett) trying to recover from her mother’s (Marin Hinkle) inexplicable attempt to kill her with […]

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Rating: A-II (PG) 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. Four animal friends (voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith), stranded on the titular island, try to fly […]

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Armed men kidnap two nuns who work with Somali refugees in Kenya

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Two Italian nuns, both in their 60s, were kidnapped Nov. 10 in northeastern Kenya near the border with Somalia, the Vatican newspaper reported. L’Osservatore Romano identified the nuns as Sister Caterina Giraudo, 67, and Sister Maria Teresa Oliviero, 61, both from Cuneo, Italy, where their religious order, the Contemplative Missionary Movement […]

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Pope’s encyclical said to give charities encouragement, guidance

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Domestic and international charitable organizations have found encouragement and helpful guidance in Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est” (“God Is Love”), said the heads of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services at a Nov. 9 workshop for bishops in Baltimore. One of the themes of the nearly 3-year-old encyclical […]

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Bishops’ conference opens with nod to historic presidential election

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The historic significance of the election of President-elect Barack Obama dominated the Nov. 10 opening address of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore. “Symbolically, this is a moment that touches more than our history when a country that once enshrined race slavery in its very constitutional legal […]

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Changes in nation, diocese

The central theme of this just concluded marathon election season was “change,” and change our nation will experience with Sen. Barack Obama as its next president. The White House will see a change of party, an historic change of race, a generational change, and significant shifts in direction on a host of issues. Change is […]

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The Bishop of Rome and the river of life

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, Nov. 9 Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12; Psalm 46:2-3,5-6,8-9; 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11,16-17; John 2:13-22 In the year 311, the Edict of Toleration decriminalized Christianity, bringing an end to the long, bloody era of anti-Christian persecution. In 313, the Edict of Milan further secured […]

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