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The sick must be cared for in body and soul, says Pope Francis

People in wheelchairs wait for the start of Mass marking World Day of the Sick, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Feb. 11. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Caring for the sick means not only healing the wounds of the body but also those that afflict the soul, Pope Francis said. “Care cannot be divided because the human being cannot be divided. We could — paradoxically — save the body and […]

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An open letter from OSF HealthCare

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest commentary from OSF HealthCare was received by The Catholic Post on Feb. 3 and published in The Catholic Post dated Feb. 13, 2022. It was signed by Sister Diane Marie McGrew, OSF, president of OSF HealthCare, and Mike Cruz, MD, chief operating officer of OSF HeathCare. — Throughout OSF HealthCare, […]

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Host of ‘The Miracle Hunter’ to speak at Holy Trinity, Bloomington, on March 6

Michael O'Neill

BLOOMINGTON — “How the Catholic Church Investigates the Supernatural” will be presented by Michael O’Neill — also known as “The Miracle Hunter” — on Sunday, March 6, at Holy Trinity Church, 711 N. Main St. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. There will be time for questions after his presentation. O’Neill is the host of […]

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Catholic Schools Week Masses, activities are being planned with a nod to safety

“Catholic Schools: Faith, Excellence, Service” is the theme for National Catholic Schools Week, which begins this Sunday, Jan. 30, and runs through next Saturday, Feb. 5. This the 48th year for the observance, which is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association. The pandemic may be making things difficult, but the 43 Catholic schools and […]

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Peoria Notre Dame teacher prepares for the gift of consecrated virginity

Christine Pinheiro teaches Latin and theology at Peoria Notre Dame High School and said some of her students may attend her consecration to the Order of Virgins on Feb. 5 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Christine Pinheiro smiles even before she answers a question about consecrated virginity. “I love my vocation and talking about my vocation,” she said. Pinheiro will be consecrated to the Order of Virgins during a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria next Saturday, Feb. 5. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. with Coadjutor Bishop […]

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‘Adoption, the Loving Option’ is theme for pro-life prayer service in Galesburg Feb. 6

Traci Brown

GALESBURG — “Adoption, the Loving Option” is the theme for the interdenominational prayer service planned for Sunday, Feb. 6, by Knox County Right to Life. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 858 S. Academy St. The prayer service marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. […]

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Couples invited to Diocesan Marriage Mass, date night on Saturday, Feb. 12

Married couples will be invited to renew their wedding vows during the Feb. 12 Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Here Jon and Channon Rider of St. Mary Parish in Kickapoo do so at the 2019 Marriage Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Just before Valentine’s Day, all married couples are invited to celebrate the gift of Christian marriage at the Diocesan Marriage Mass and Date Night scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will celebrate the Marriage Mass and lead the couples in a renewal of their wedding vows. The Mass begins at […]

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Fr. Robert Weakley, OFM, Peoria native, former pastor in Germantown Hills, dies

Father Robert Weakley, OFM Conv.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Father Robert “Bob” Weakley, OFM, a Peoria native who served as pastor of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills for nine years, died on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Friary in Cincinnati. He was 80. Franciscan friars, family, and friends will receive Father Bob’s body at […]

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Fr. Richard Brunskill, 77, dies; visitation, funeral Mass are in Chatsworth Jan. 27

Father Richard Brunskill

CHATSWORTH — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Church here at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, for Father Richard W. Brunskill, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and the former pastor of nine of its parishes. Father Brunskill died on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at […]

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Morton school adds tool to purify air, fight COVID, seasonal flu and colds

This is an inside look at how the ultraviolet lights are working on the gym ventilation system at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton. “Note the coil is clean, no build-up of biofilm,” said John Huser, buildings and maintenance supervisor. “The only build-up of biofilm is on the bottom and that is slowly being killed.” (Provided photo)

MORTON — Like every other Catholic school in the Diocese of Peoria, Blessed Sacrament School has made it a priority for its 217 students to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer often, and wear masks in order to keep COVID-19 at bay. Last November, they added one more safety measure that sets them apart, however. […]

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