Recently released movies reviewed by Catholic News Service

The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of these films, as well as earlier releases, visit This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2011 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference […]

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Wisconsin bishops praised for statement on worker rights

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development gave his support Feb. 24 to views on the rights of workers caught in the midst of Wisconsin’s budget battle earlier articulated by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki on behalf of the state’s bishops. “I write to express support […]

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All Christchurch parishes closed until engineers inspect them

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (CNS) — No Catholic church or school in Christchurch will be used until engineers have declared it safe. Christchurch Bishop Barry P. Jones announced the measure Feb. 25, three days after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked New Zealand’s second-largest city, causing more than 100 deaths and widespread damage. The NZ Catholic newspaper […]

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Peoria’s Catholic radio station off air during tower repairs

WPMJ 94.3 FM, Catholic radio for the Peoria area, is off the air because of tower problems. Repairs may take as long as two months. “We are grateful for the patience of our listeners as we work through this technical problem,” said Allen Drake, station manager. “Many of you have expressed your joy at having […]

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Central Catholic in title game; Notre Dame undefeated, too

Basketball fever is rising at several schools in the Diocese of Peoria, especially at Bloomington Central Catholic and Peoria Notre Dame, where teams are experiencing historic, undefeated seasons. The girls of Central Catholic advanced to the state finals on Saturday night in Class 2A by defeating Kankakee McNamara last night at Redbird Arena in Normal. […]

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Love, laughter, and the Lord mix at Marriage Mass, Date Night

Photo Caption: Bruce and Debbie Askins (right) of St. John’s Parish, Clinton, and Bob and Rita Williams of St. Patrick’s Church of Merna in Bloomington renew their vows at the Diocesan Marriage Mass Feb. 19. By: By Tom Dermody A “banquet of love” was followed by servings of laughter when married couples from around the […]

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Health care systems announce intended mergers, affiliations

Separate announcements of intended mergers and affiliations affecting Catholic health care systems serving in the Diocese of Peoria were made in early February. On Feb. 1, it was announced that Rockford Health System has entered into an affiliation agreement with Peoria-based OSF Healthcare System. Pending federal and state regulatory approval, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center […]

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High School of Saint Thomas More honors priest, volunteers

CHAMPAIGN — At a recent Donor Appreciation Brunch “Showcase of Thanks,” The High School of Saint Thomas More honored Father Steve Willard with its 2010 Paideia Award and Greg and Martha Taylor with its Volunteer Service Award. The event followed a Mass celebrated by Father Robert Lampitt, chaplain, and Msgr. Albert Hallin, and included an […]

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