The Christian world was shocked last week when news spread of the death of 27-year-old Matthew Warren, the youngest son of internationally known pastor Rick Warren of the famed Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, Calif.
CHAMPAIGN — Sinai Temple in Champaign will hold a communitywide Yom HaShoah memorial service at 7 p.m. Sunday to commemorate the millions of victims of the Holocaust.
Rabbi Norman Klein said candles will be lit by Holocaust survivors, as well as children and grandchildren of survivors, to remember those who were lost during World War II.
DANVILLE — Schlarman Academy officials will begin searching for a new leader soon.
That's because Principal Bob Rice will step down at the end of the school year after more than 43 years in education, the last six at the Catholic school.
Rice said the decision to retire wasn't easy.
At age 14 I was baptized on Easter Sunday morning along with my younger brother and two other teen-age brothers. Those other boys didn't like me, and I didn't like them. Being in the same church had no affect on that.
On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, I joined millions of believers worldwide to receive ashes on my forehead in the sign of a cross.
Monsignor Gregory Ketcham, director and head chaplain at St. John's Newman Center on the University of Illinois campus, said his first reaction when he learned about the selection of a new pope was a feeling of joy.
"There is a great deal of joy in knowing that the Holy Spirit has brought us this individual who will provide everything our church needs," he said.
A local religious leader said that Catholics have nothing to fear after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Monday, effective at the end of the month.
Monsignor Gregory Ketcham of Saint John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois said he was startled when he first heard about the pope's decision, but understood why he's resigning.