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Pope apologizes for treatment of Indigenous in Canada; promises to visit

Pope Francis greets Rhoda Ungalaq, a representative of Canada's Inuit, during a meeting with members of three Canadian Indigenous groups in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on April 1. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Expressing “sorrow and shame” for the complicity of Catholics in abusing Indigenous children in Canada and helping in the attempt to erase their culture, Pope Francis pledged to address the issue more fully when he visits Canada. “For the deplorable conduct of those members […]

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“The Lost City” (Paramount)

This is the movie poster for "The Lost City," staring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Crowd-pleasing blend of action, comedy and love story in which a widowed romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped by a crazed billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who believes her latest book, based in part on research she did years earlier with her archaeologist husband, holds the key to finding a fabulous treasure buried […]

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Sister Mary C. Core, OSB, dies; longtime teacher also served as youth minister

Sister Mary C. Core, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A private Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary C. Core, OSB, is planned for Wednesday, March 30, at St. Mary Monastery. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. The Mass will be livestreamed through the Facebook page of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery at 10 a.m. […]

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Holy Trinity, Bloomington, to host exhibit, talk on ‘Eucharistic Miracles’

BLOOMINGTON — Holy Trinity Church will host “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” an international exhibit designed and created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, from Friday, April 8, through Palm Sunday, April 10. In addition, the parish will welcome back Michael O’Neill, also known as “The Miracle Hunter,” for a presentation on “Miracles of the Eucharist […]

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Meet the 8 whose service will be honored at the ‘Night of Knights’ on April 30

Eight members of the Knights of Columbus from across the Diocese of Peoria will be recognized for outstanding service to their councils, communities, and the church during the “Night of Knights” on Saturday, April 30. The evening will begin with a 5 p.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria. Mass […]

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It’s Laetare Sunday — time to rejoice with a joy only reconciliation can bring

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word/By Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday of Lent/March 27 Joshua 5:9a,10-12; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3,11-32 (For Year A readings, visit bible.usccb.org) Normally, it is best to look to the First Reading and the Gospel of the Mass to discover the major theme of the day’s Scripture readings. However, for […]

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“Grant that war might end” — Pope consecrates Ukraine, Russia to Mary

Pope Francis consecrates the world and, in particular, Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 25. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Russia’s violent monthlong invasion continued to devastate Ukraine, Pope Francis laid the fates of both countries at the feet of Mary in the hopes that peace would finally reign. “Mother of God and our mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust […]

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Use of Spalding Renewal Center, in need of repairs, to be ‘significantly’ restricted

For more than three decades, the Spalding Renewal Center at 401 N.E. Madison, Peoria, has been home to ministries including Peoria Cursillo, Spanish Cursillo, and Teens Encounter Christ. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Use of the Spalding Renewal Center in Peoria will be “significantly” restricted effective May 15, the Diocese of Peoria has announced. “A recent facilities study determined the need for considerable repairs” to the historic building at 401 N.E. Madison Ave., according to a news release issued by the diocese on March 18. The statement emphasized […]

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March ‘gladness’! Two state volleyball titles for Corpus Christi, Bloomington

Members of the IESA Class 8-2A volleyball state champion Saints of Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington include, front row from left, Ruthie Doering, Lauren Sears, Molly Kinsella, and Aubrey Fair; back row from left, Carly Young, Josie Certa, Addison Hoeniges, Kampbell Niepagen, Avery Duff, and Madison Bradbury. Provided photo

BLOOMINGTON — Forget about your busted NCAA basketball brackets for a moment and celebrate a rare state championship sweep in girls volleyball accomplished in March by Corpus Christi Catholic School of Bloomington. On Saturday, March 12, the Saints’ seventh grade team won the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 7-2A girls volleyball state championship with a […]

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