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175 years of Catholicism in Iowa

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

This weekend, the Archdiocese of Dubuque is marking 175 years of Catholicism in Iowa. Hundreds of people are in Waterloo for the "Jesus Alive: Witness to Faith" celebration. It's part of an annual gathering of Eastern Iowa Catholics.

The event is a way for people to share their faith -- while enjoying live music and inspirational speakers. The Most Reverend Jerome Hanus, the Archbishop of Dubuque, said the Catholic Church is a big part of Iowa's history and will continue to be in the future. That's why you'll see the diocese reaching out to young people.

"Youth days have become a big big thing in the Catholic Church. Especially since Pope John Paul II has started them in 1980," said Hanus. "They're the future of the world, and of the faith also."

The event coincides with the start of the Catholic Church's "Year of Faith", which runs October 11, 2012 - November 24, 2013. The 175th anniversary celebration wraps up Sunday afternoon.

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