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Work is underway to restore St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The $2.3 million project will repair extensive water damage, strip white paint off the stone altar and restore stained glass windows.

Catholics are saying their final goodbyes to the late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who was known as a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78.

The Vatican this week is expected to release a report on Catholic sisters in the U.S., five years after Rome began its inquiry. In a new book, several sisters reflect on the surprising effect the Vatican's scrutiny has had on their lives and their view of the church. Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente spoke with three of the authors of "Power of Sisterhood."  

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.

Gov. Pat Quinn is planning a big public ceremony to sign the same-sex marriage bill next Wednesday in Chicago. An hour or so later, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will hold a sort of counter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

Group speaks out on priest sex abuse settlement

Aug 13, 2013
Tanya Koonce/Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Diocese is paying a more than $1.3 million settlement in a child sex abuse case that took place under tenure of Newark Archbishop John Myers. A deposition with the Archbishop outlines questionable incidents by Monsignor Thomas Maloney during his time in the Peoria Diocese. The settlement is in response to former altar boy Andrew Ward’s molestation claims against Monsignor Thomas Maloney.