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‘This job is about service’

For all the power and prestige of politics, educating the young is a more important job than holding public office, says Congressman Ray LaHood. He should know. Rep. LaHood has been both a school teacher in the Diocese of Peoria and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Rep. LaHood was […]

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The Lucky Ones

Rating: L (R) 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. Stranded at a stateside airport, three wounded Iraq War veterans (Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Pena) take an unplanned cross-country road trip during which […]

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Battle in Seattle

Rating: A-III (R) Engrossing docudrama (including some archival footage) about the 1999 meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle, as thousands of protesters, decrying the agency’s globalization policies — involving issues like environmentalism, fair trade and employment — clashed violently with police, turning the city into a virtual war zone and leading to the […]

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Mexican church officials oppose legalizing small quantities of drugs

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Catholic officials in Mexico have come out against a federal proposal that would discard criminal sanctions for people caught carrying small quantities of illegal drugs as long as the users agree to enter treatment programs. “Our position is one of total opposition to the proposals,” Father Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the […]

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Pope says God, not people, created the church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The church is not a club founded by people with a common interest; it is a living body convoked and created by God, Pope Benedict XVI said. It is through the proclamation of the living Christ that “God comes to all peoples and reunites them as one people of God,” the […]

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Bishops urge president to grant Haitians temporary protected status

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops have called on President George W. Bush to grant Haitians temporary protected status for the next 18 months, citing pressing humanitarian reasons. Temporary protected status, or TPS, permits nationals of a designated nation who are living in the U.S. to reside in this country legally and to qualify […]

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POST POLL: Should Halloween scare us as Catholics?

The “Post Poll” regularly gives readers of The Catholic Post and its online version a chance to share thoughts on topics of Catholic interest. With Halloween approaching, our current poll asks: “Should Halloween scare us as Catholics?” Respondents are also encouraged to share further thoughts, including: What, if anything, concerns you most about this time […]

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Invitation to widowed, divorced

Many of us have been losing money, at least on paper, in recent weeks and words like crisis and despair are appearing in news headlines. But this Sunday afternoon, men and women from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who know what deep loss, crisis and despair really feel like will come to St. Mary’s Cathedral […]

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Signs of pro-life hope

Photo Caption: Young people take part in a “Life Chain” in Peoria on Sunday. By: By Jared Olar The right-to-life movement can look to the future with confidence and hope thanks to the growth of religious faith and pro-life conviction among the younger generation. Two hundred and fifty-one people gathered last Sunday night to hear […]

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Losing a beloved pet

The following essay was written by Evan Thompson, a senior at Peoria Notre Dame High School, as part of his application to the University of Notre Dame. It is timely reading following last weekend’s feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the many related pet blessing ceremonies around the Diocese of Peoria. Evan is the […]

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