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. (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

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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Saintly wisdom on gratitude

Our consumer society will tell you that Thanksgiving is past and that the holiday shopping season is upon us beginning with the craziness of Black Friday. And that it’s just fine if Black Friday actually starts on Thanksgiving, or before. We say that while a day set aside for giving thanks is a wonderful tradition […]

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Grace and mystery on a World War I battlefield 100 years ago today

Pvt. Charles Dermody

As this is written, exactly 100 years ago my life hung in the balance — though I would not be born for another four decades. For on Oct. 9, 1918, on a hill near the Meuse River in the Ardennes region of northeastern France, a 23-year-old U.S. Army private from southern Illinois had just regained […]

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Harvest gratitude

How can anyone who has driven in a rural area on these early autumn days not lift a prayer of gratitude for the harvest now well under way? Ocean beaches relax us, tall mountains inspire us, but the beauty and bounty of a field being harvested is a sight that we who live on the […]

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