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Most Catholics have stopped worrying about saving souls

Terry Mattingly As a rule, evangelists from Texas don’t go shopping for bourbon before a speech. But that’s what Marcel LeJeune and some friends did when the Catholic Missionary Disciples leader spoke at a Franciscan University conference last summer in Steubenville, Ohio. Things turned serious while chatting with a saleswoman when he asked how she…

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Antisemitism and safety fears surge among US Jews, survey finds

TIFFANY STANLEY Associated Press Nearly two-thirds of American Jews feel less secure in the U.S. than they did a year ago, according to a new national survey. The American Jewish Committee, a prominent advocacy organization, conducted the survey last fall just as the Israel-Hamas war began on Oct. 7. The number of American Jews who…

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Yes, Joe Biden is an ‘On Eagle’s Wings” American Catholic

Terry Mattingly With its lilting pop melody and sweet God talk, “On Eagle’s Wings” is the hymn that conservative Catholics love to hate and Catholic progressives often wave like a red flag. President Joe Biden loves it. “My prayer, my hope is we continue to believe our best days are ahead of us — that…

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Pope praises journalists for their silence on some scandals

Terry Mattingly The hellish relationship began with a kiss — a strange exchange between a teenager preparing to become a Loyola sister and the Slovenian Jesuit who was already her confessor. “The first time he kissed me on the mouth, telling me that this was how he kissed the altar where he celebrated the Eucharist,…

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Life inside the ‘God made Trump’ matrix

Terry Mattingly With its digital homage to the late Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” soliloquy, the “God Made Trump” video drew roars of support at key Iowa rallies for Donald Trump. “And on June 14, 1946, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker,’ so God gave us…

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Can Christian colleges ‘keep the faith’ in modern America?

Terry Mattingly As America’s second-oldest Lutheran college, Roanoke College in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley proclaims that it is “never sectarian” in outlook, while maintaining that “critical thinking and spiritual growth” are essential. The “Spiritual Life” webpage also offers this advice: “We encourage you to follow your own personal spiritual path while here at Roanoke.” The college…

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Vatican’s top expert on AI ethics is a friar from medieval Franciscan order

By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press ROME (AP) — Friar Paolo Benanti wears the plain brown robes of his medieval Franciscan order as he pursues one of the most pressing issues in contemporary times: how to govern artificial intelligence so that it enriches — and doesn’t exploit — people’s lives. Benanti is the Vatican’s go-to person…

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Celebration Community Church seminar Jan. 16

(PANA) — A seminar for the public dealing with senior citizen issues will be held in Celebration Community Church, Fourth and Clark Sts. in Pana at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Speakers include Christian Hammon, affiliated with Edward Jones as a Social Security specialist. Also, Amy Graham, Senior Life Solutions, will make a presentation.…

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Taylorville Christian Church Celebrates 60th Anniversary

TAYLORVILLE — Faye Sheley, former TCC treasurer, shares memories of her days serving the church along with former secretaries Shirley Hilliard, Deb Frye, and current secretary Janet Zerfowski. TAYLORVILLE — On January 7, Taylorville Christian Church (TCC) held a service with guest speakers followed by a meal in honor of their 60th year of ministry.…

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