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Welcome, new Catholics

In this season of “Alleluias,” we sing a loud and joyful one to praise God for the hundreds of new Catholics in our diocese — and the tens of thousands nationwide — who entered into full communion with the church at the Easter vigil. Every one of these individuals has a unique story of faith […]

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Support for Pope Benedict, concern for abuse victims

Editor’s note: In place of our regular editorial we publish the following statement from the executive committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was signed Tuesday, March 30, by Cardinal Francis George, OMI, of Chicago, president; Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., vice-president; Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, treasurer; Bishop George Murry, […]

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Violating conscience: A message from Bishop Jenky

Once again, there is legislation in Springfield that would violate personal conscience to pay for the killing of the unborn with public money. The so-called “Reproductive Health and Access Act” has been re-introduced in the Illinois General Assembly as House Bill 6205. You may recall last year’s version of this legislation, which sought to undermine […]

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Canada’s other gold: Blessed Andre Bessette

The gold medal is the symbol of ultimate success in the Olympics, and host country Canada earned the most, 14, in the just-concluded Winter Games. But on Day 7 of the competition, Catholics throughout Canada had another reason to celebrate. And their symbol of victory was not a medal, but a man. Not a superstar, […]

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Tiger’s confession and our reconciliation

After Tiger Woods’ nationally televised and dissected mea culpa last Friday, Psychology Today blogger Stanton Peele published a readers guide on “How to Score Your Favorite Confessions/Apologies.” An addiction specialist, Peele reviewed the litany of celebrities who in recent months have issued public statements after being caught in private misdeeds: entertainers including David Letterman, sports […]

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Where the atheist got it right at University of Illinois

A debate between atheist and Christian authors on the topic “Does the Christian God Exist?” drew 1,200 people to Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois last week. It comes as no surprise that we think Dinesh D’Souza, the Christian, won the debate, which was sponsored in part by St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and […]

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Pleasing the most important undercover Boss

Super Bowl XLIV broke ratings records Sunday night with 106.5 million viewers. More than a third of that number stuck around, or tuned in anew, for the premiere of a new CBS reality show that followed called “Undercover Boss.” If you didn’t see the show, you likely have seen the commercials and know the premise. […]

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Self-sacrificing love, obedience is what makes saints

A new book on Pope John Paul II made headlines last week by describing how seriously, and physically, the beloved late pope took penitence. According to the postulator of his beatification cause, Pope John Paul II was known to spend entire nights on the bare floor and sometimes ? and this was the headline grabber […]

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We sure could use a little good news

In the 1970s, vocalist Anne Murray had a hit record with a chorus that ended “We sure could use a little good news today.” As the magnitude of the disaster in Haiti grows, we are grateful for glimmers of hope and good news in the response of generous Catholics in our diocese. Many are detailed […]

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Diocese, Bradley Newman Center win the ‘FOCUS Bowl’

As this is written Wednesday, the winner of the college football championship game between Texas and Alabama on Thursday night had yet to be decided. It was the scheduled highlight of dozens of bowl games during recent weeks, and a television audience of tens of millions was expected to view the contest. In this space, […]

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