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There is frightening language being used this week regarding the dangerous influenza with the odd name that’s spreading around the world. As The Catholic Post went to press on Wednesday, the World Health Organization raised its alert level and signaled a global pandemic could be imminent. “It really is all of humanity that is under […]

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Miss California and our guys

At first glance, or any subsequent look, no one would confuse Miss California, Carrie Prejean, with any of the 1,000 or more Catholic men from all corners of the diocese who will join Bishop Jenky this Saturday for the annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” And while a throng of Catholic men marching […]

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Faith-inspired volunteerism

What do a kidney, a towel, a paintbrush, and cookies have in common? In this issue of The Catholic Post, they are all related to examples of faith-inspired volunteerism. We find it not coincidental but providential that this unplanned thread running through our pages this week came together as National Volunteer Week opens in the […]

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The right to life and Easter

The most fundamental of all human rights is the right to life. All other imperatives of justice and mercy are derivative of the great truth that human beings are made in the image and likeness of God and that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death. Any cooperation with […]

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Don’t hold back this river

The nation was inspired last week by the efforts of thousands of volunteers to hold back the record flood waters of the Red River in North Dakota. Anyone who has labored to fill and carry one sandbag knows that it took a heroic, united effort to fill what news reports estimated as a million of […]

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Out of Africa, blessing us

In many Catholic minds, Africa is a place where the church in the United States sends missionaries to evangelize and spread the Gospel. While that remains true in some cases, the direction of the missionary tide between our continents has shifted in this generation. In fact, 10 priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria had […]

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Marquette’s ‘Coach’ taught life

To be voted a member of three halls of fame and have another named for him, John Pocivasek certainly knew sports. But the man known as “Coach,” who was involved in Marquette High School athletics for nearly four decades, was remembered after his death for how he coached thousands in the game of life. “His […]

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Thank you, survey takers

We’re not yet sure what all you have told us, but we’re very sure what we need to tell the more than 1,500 thoughtful Catholics who took the time to respond to the Diocese of Peoria’s communications survey published in the March 8 issue of The Catholic Post, made available online, and sent to a […]

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Jobs: More than a paycheck

The prayers, hopes, and actions of many in the Livingston County community of Pontiac were answered March 12 when Gov. Pat Quinn announced that the Pontiac Correctional Center would remain open, keeping 600 jobs and millions of dollars in revenue locally. The news was like a ray of sunshine breaking through gathering storm clouds of […]

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Urge ‘no’ vote on Illinois FOCA

One week after 4,000 Catholics filled the Capitol Rotunda for the first “Catholics at the Capitol” gathering, the Illinois House’s Human Services Committee voted out a bill Wednesday that should motivate action from Catholic households around the state. The Reproductive Health and Access Act — dubbed Illinois’ version of the “Freedom of Choice Act” being […]

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