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Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, 85, dies; Minonk native served in diocese 38 years

Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM

(UPDATED AUG. 18, 2021) OLDENBURG, Indiana — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Holy Family Church here for Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, who served as pastor of five parishes in the Diocese of Peoria, including from 2001 to 2014 at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills. Father […]

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Church assesses damage from major earthquake in Haiti; how you can help

The destroyed Immaculate Conception Church is pictured in Les Anglais, Haiti, on Aug. 14 after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. At least 18 people were reported killed in the church. (CNS/courtesy AVSI)

By  Catholic News Service LES CAYES, Haiti (CNS) — The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti collapsed the bishop’s residence in Les Cayes, killing one priest, leaving one missing and injuring Cardinal Chibly Langlois. Father Emile Beldor died of his injuries after the Aug. 14 quake. Father Jean-Antoine Coulanges is reported missing. Cardinal Langlois sustained […]

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Pope prays for peace in Afghanistan as Taliban takes control

Taliban fighters stand outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 16. During his Angelus address Aug. 15, Pope Francis expressed his concern for Afghanistan amid the Taliban's control of the country. (CNS/Reuters)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hours before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, Pope Francis expressed his hope for the peace and safety of the country’s citizens. “I join in the unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan. I ask all of you to pray with […]

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“Respect” (MGM/United Artists)

Hailey Kilgore, Jennifer Hudson and Saycon Sengbloh star in a scene from the movie "Respect." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Quantrell D. Colbert, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Engaging profile of singer, songwriter, musician and activist Aretha Franklin (Jennifer Hudson), the “Queen of Soul,” traces her life from a childhood (during which she’s played by Skye Dakota Turner) marked by sexual abuse and the untimely death of her mother (Audra McDonald) through the frustrations of her early career and […]

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Funeral homily: Fr. Mai-Chi-Thanh knew the joy in this life was but a foretaste

Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a transcript of the homily given by Father Joel Phelps at the July 29 funeral Mass at St. Matthew Church in Champaign for Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh, pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish in Pesotum. Father Mai-Chi-Thanh, 92, died in Champaign on July 25. His obituary is found here.  — It’s a […]

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“Free Guy” (20th Century)

Ryan Reynolds stars in a scene from the movie "Free Guy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/20th Century Studios)

By Catholic News Service Droll comic adventure in which Ryan Reynolds plays a contented bank teller in a weirdly dystopian city who, like his best friend, a security guard (Lil Rel Howery), goes through his highly repetitive daily routine while blithely ignoring the mayhem constantly unfolding around him until making the startling discovery that he […]

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Pre-inquiry program is announced for a new class of permanent deacons

Permanent deacons from throughout the Diocese of Peoria applaud as members of a new class are accepted into the ministry of acolyte in this Catholic Post file photo.

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate has announced a pre-inquiry program for men interested in being a part of the next formation class. Potential applicants should first speak with their pastor and/or a deacon in their parish. The next step would be to contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, (309) 671-1550, to request an […]

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‘Learning surrender through suffering’: Sr. M. Clementia reflects on accident

The three Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George are pictured in the inset of this photo of their accident-crushed van. Recovering in their community's Motherhouse in Alton are, from left, Sr. M. Clementia, author of this reflection, Sister M. Magdalene, and Sister M. Michael. (Provided photos)

EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 9, three Rock Island-based members of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident near Springfield. Following is a reflection on the crash and the ensuing weeks of recovery by Sister M. Clementia, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Rock […]

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