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Sheen beatification in Peoria on Dec. 21 ‘an early Christmas present from the pope’

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured in an undated file photo. (CNS)

With joy and thanksgiving, officials and faithful throughout the Diocese of Peoria and around the globe welcomed Monday’s announcement that Pope Francis has called for the beatification of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in Peoria on Dec. 21, 2019. “It was a surprise, an early Christmas present from the pope, and it is truly a […]

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Grateful diocese celebrates founding bishop, St. Mary’s Cathedral restoration

The newly restored sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria is seen in this photo from the Founder's Day Mass on Aug. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The founding bishop of the Diocese of Peoria and a restoration of the cathedral he built were celebrated in five days of events that linked the past, present, and future of the Catholic Church in central Illinois. “There is an awful lot of happiness in this cathedral this afternoon,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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