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June 22-28 is Religious Freedom Week

  As we cross into summer and prepare for Independence Day, Catholics are being asked this week to remember one of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution: religious freedom. The U.S. Catholic bishops have declared the period from Saturday, June 22, to Friday, June 28, as Religious Freedom Week. Each day is set […]

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Sad ironies in Illinois abortion vote

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Luke 1:41-42 “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the […]

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Water: sacred, scary

Submerged cars are seen in downtown Davenport, Iowa, after a levee failure on April 30. (Provided photo/Christopher Mandle)

There are more than 700 references to water in the Bible. Pope Francis, in his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si” (“On Care for Our Common Home”), cites it 47 times. Water is the element used in the sacrament of baptism to symbolize the grace of God which cleanses us and gives us life. For so many […]

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Like the Paris firefighters, she bravely fought to preserve church history

When a majestic, 850-year-old cathedral in the heart of Paris burned on April 15, the people of France and around the globe rightfully reacted with shock, sadness, prayer and resolve. Notre Dame Cathedral is a world historic and spiritual treasure. Across social media, those blessed to have experienced its splendor are posting images and sharing […]

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Calling Catholic men: Plenty of reasons to attend Men’s March on April 27

Students from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal carry a statue of Jesus near the front of the 2018 men's march through downtown Peoria. This year's "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith" is April 27. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

This one is just for the guys. Pick a reason for joining Bishop Jenky and hundreds of Catholic men from parishes around the Diocese of Peoria for the annual Men’s March and Mass on Saturday morning, April 27: You want to show your support for the Catholic Church and especially its priests after a particularly […]

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‘Unplanned’ is a well-timed movie

Abby Johnson, portrayed by Ashley Bratcher, reacts to what she is seeing on the ultrasound screen while assisting with an abortion in this clip from the movie "Unplanned." The movie will officially be released March 29. (CNS photo/courtesy www.Unplannedfilm.com)

It would be fair to ask why so much of our commentary page is given over to the soon-to-be released film “Unplanned,” the story of Abby Johnson. There are movies released every week, some with religious or even specifically Catholic themes or storylines. We regularly post Catholic News Service movie reviews on our website.  Why […]

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We’re all (PND) Irish

Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, and one doesn’t have to be Irish to celebrate the popular saint of Ireland. In the Diocese of Peoria, St. Patrick is patron of 22 of our parishes. Similarly, as the last few weeks have proven, one doesn’t have to be affiliated with Peoria Notre Dame High School to feel […]

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Read faithfully

Stop reading this editorial at any time to renew or begin your subscription to The Catholic Post, if you haven’t done so already. On second thought, we don’t want you stop reading this issue of your diocesan newspaper, because on every page is another reason to support The Catholic Post. While a polar vortex is […]

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A snow of unity

In many ways we live in a time of division, certainly in our politics but also culturally and generationally. Christianity itself and, sadly, the Catholic Church too can seem far from Jesus’ prayer before his Ascension that we “may all be one,” something called to mind annually during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, […]

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Prayer list long as 2019 opens

If one of your resolutions for 2019 was to pray more, and we hope that’s the case, then there is no shortage of intentions as the new year opens. We have a few suggestions just for the month of January. As you receive this, more than 200 Catholic bishops from throughout the United States are […]

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