St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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I wish to thank all who indicated on the Time & Talent Survey that you could help serve funeral lunches and/or provide a cake. Your names and numbers are on file and you will be contacted as the need arises. Again, thank you so much for volunteering for this ministry. ~Mary Koppi 

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‘Church Denounces Anti-Semitism in All Its Forms,’ Pope Tells Anti-Defamation League

The Church denounces Anti-Semitism in all its forms, noting it is “completely contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person.”

Pope Francis stressed this to a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League, an organization which has maintained relations with the Holy See since the Second Vatican Council, which he received this morning in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League’s goal was “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now, according to the civil rights/human relations agency’s website, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. …

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God’s Mercy Brings Freedom

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Pope Warns Mercy Is Not ‘Philanthropy’ Nor ‘Pitying’

Pope Warns Mercy Is Not ‘Philanthropy’ Nor ‘Pitying’

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Pope: A Caress, a Smile Are What the Sick Need

Pope: A Caress, a Smile Are What the Sick Need