When the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica falls on a Sunday, it replaces the Ordinary Sunday. A bit of history: St. John Lateran ranks first among the great basilicas of Rome. People may be unaware that St. Peter’s Basilica is not the Pope’s cathedral as Bishop of Rome. St. John Lateran has that distinction. The site of this basilica was at one time occupied by the palace of a Roman family, the Laterani.
Ebola: The word evokes strong emotions, depending on where you live. The overriding emotion that links the people of West Africa, where this outbreak originated, and those of the United States, is fear — fear of contracting a deadly disease and dying.
This year executive director of the diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Council, Pat Hogrebe, said the organization expects to exceed $20,000 in donations for its annual “Walk for the Poor” fund raiser.
Eight years ago, The Messenger invited readers to nominate people who could be recognized by their faith, by their ethical behavior in their chosen profession. Since 2007 we have met incredible people and learned a good deal about the faith-filled people who live in the Diocese of Belleville. This year was no different. Sept. 13, …
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