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Pope Francis to consecrate Russia, Ukraine to Mary on March 25

A sign in St. Peter's Square calls for the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to Mary, before the start of Pope Francis' Angelus at the Vatican on March 13. The Vatican said Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary March 25. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a penitential prayer service in St. Peter’s Basilica March 25, the Vatican said. On the same day, the Vatican said, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, will carry out a similar consecration at […]

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Joy as nearly 300 from diocese advance in their faith journeys at Rite of Election

As the candidates who are preparing to be confirmed and receive the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil listen on March 5, Bishop Tylka asks their sponsors to affirm their readiness "to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church" and the assembly if they will support them in "faith, prayer and example." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Nearly 300 people came to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last weekend to declare their intention to enter fully into the life of the Catholic Church through the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, a step that created so much joy that the only response was applause and praise of God. That applause filled […]

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Bishop Tylka asks for prayers at his first public Mass as the ninth Bishop of Peoria

With his coat of arms newly hung on the cathedra, or Bishop's Chair, Bishop Tylka bestows a blessing Sunday at the close of his first public Mass as the ninth Bishop of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In his first public Mass as Diocesan Bishop on March 6, Bishop Louis Tylka thanked his predecessor and asked for prayers “as we begin a new chapter in the life of our diocese.” Bishop Tylka was the principal celebrant and homilist at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A […]

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Prayers for peace in Ukraine are lifted at St. Matthew, Champaign, candlelit rosary

Pope Francis called on Catholics around the world to fast and pray for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday and St. Matthew Parish in Champaign obliged by holding a Candlelit Rosary for Ukraine at the Mary Grotto. Those who attended were given blue and gold candles -- the colors of the Ukrainian flag. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Gathered around the Blessed Mother in the grotto at St. Matthew Church, members of the parish raised their hearts and prayers, as well as blue and gold votive candles, as they pleaded for peace in Ukraine. The candlelit rosary took place on Ash Wednesday, the day Pope Francis had asked Catholics around the […]

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Bishop Jenky’s retirement is accepted; Bishop Tylka becomes 9th Bishop of Peoria

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation for retirement of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka immediately succeeds him, becoming the ninth Bishop of Peoria. Bishop Jenky has headed the Peoria Diocese for nearly 20 years. His resignation was announced on March 3, Bishop Jenky’s 75th birthday and the age at which […]

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Religious emblems awarded at diocesan Mass for Scouts, American Heritage Girls

Scouts and American Heritage Girls who received religious emblems and awards for their work over the last year pose with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Glenn Harris, chaplain of Catholic Scouting in the Diocese of Peoria, after the Diocesan Scout and AHG Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before distributing religious emblems earned by more than 70 Catholic Scouts or American Heritage Girls on Feb. 27, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka called the youth and their adult leaders to an even higher goal. “I don’t want to diminish these awards,” Bishop Tylka said in congratulating the recipients during his homily at the annual Diocesan […]

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Mercer County faith communities merge to form new St. Mary Magdalene Parish

The churches of the merged parishes are pictured above with an image of the new parish's patron, St. Mary Magdalene. The churches include, from left, St. Anthony in Matherville, St. Catherine in Aledo, and St. John in Viola, which was damaged beyond repair by an arson fire last May.

ALEDO — The three Catholic parishes of Mercer County have merged to form a new parish under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, signed a decree outlining the merger and establishing the new parish on Jan. 26. The parishes that have merged include St. Catherine in Aledo, St. Anthony in […]

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The Catholic Post opens subscription campaign; help ‘Spread the Word’

The Catholic Post’s 2022 Delivering Unity Campaign has begun, inviting subscriptions and support for the diocesan newspaper’s mission under the theme “Spread the Word.” To renew or begin a subscription online via credit card, click here. “The Diocese of Peoria is our large family of faith in central Illinois,” wrote Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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‘In the name of God, stop now!” Church leaders react to attacks on Ukraine

A family carrying their belongings walks at the border crossing between Poland and Ukraine in Medyka, Poland on Feb. 24 after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in Ukraine. (CNS/Reuters)

FLORENCE, Italy (CNS) — European Catholic leaders appealed for peace and expressed alarm about the potential for “a humanitarian catastrophe” after Russia attacked Ukraine. “In the name of God, stop now!” wrote Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, Lithuania, president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. Writing from a conference in Florence, Italy, he said […]

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Pope calls for day of prayer, fasting for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday

A woman lights a candle as she attends a prayer service at St. Michael's Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Kyiv on Feb. 20. People from homes in eastern Ukraine are already headed west, where church leaders are preparing to shelter them. )CNS/Reuters)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the threat of war loomed over the world, Pope Francis called on people to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday. Before concluding his general audience Feb. 23, the pope called on believers and nonbelievers to combat the “diabolical […]

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