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Family petitions N.Y. court to move Archbishop Sheen’s body to Peoria

Archbishop Fulton Sheen writes on his chalkboard during a broadcast of his Emmy Award-winning television program "Life is Worth Living" in this 1950s file photo.

The family of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has petitioned the Supreme Court of the State of New York to allow the transfer of the sainthood candidate’s remains to Peoria. Joan Sheen Cunningham, 88, Archbishop Sheen’s niece and his oldest living relative, filed a petition on June 13 asking that the trustees of St. […]

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Father Gabriel Bullock, OSB, dies at 82; taught at St. Bede Academy, Peru

PERU — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the St. Bede Abbey Church here on June 15 for Father Gabriel (Gary) Bullock, OSB, a monk and priest of the abbey and a longtime English and religion teacher at St. Bede Academy. Father Gabriel, a Peoria native, died on Friday, June 10, 2016, at […]

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Funeral Mass celebrated in Streator for Fr. Crawford, 95, diocese’s oldest priest

At age 95, Father Richard Crawford was the Diocese of Peoria's oldest priest.

STREATOR — A funeral Mass was offered at St. Michael the Archangel Church here on June 7 for Father Richard Crawford, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and former pastor of faith communities in Budd and Cornell. Father Crawford, a native of Streator, died on June 3, 2016, at the Flanagan Rehabilitation Center. […]

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Funeral homily for Fr. Richard Crawford

At age 95, Father Richard Crawford was the Diocese of Peoria's oldest priest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the homily from the June 7 funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Streator for Father Richard Crawford. The homilist was Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar of the Ottawa Vicariate. Father Crawford died June 3, 2016, at the age of 95. His obituary is found here. Your Excellency, Monsignors and […]

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“Now You See Me 2” (Summit)

Jesse Eisenberg stars in a scene from the movie "Now You See Me 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Summit Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service A trio of magicians and illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and James Franco) — their performing ensemble, the “Four Horsemen,” now rounded out by Lizzy Caplan in lieu of Isla Fisher — returns to execute a complicated, worldwide sting involving a computer circuit that can de-encrypt any system into which it’s […]

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“Warcraft” (Universal)

Toby Kebbell, center, and Rob Kazinsky star in a scene from the movie "Warcraft." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Heavy-handed video game adaptation pitting an army of murderous orcs (including Toby Kebbell) led by an evil wizard (Daniel Wu) against the inhabitants of a fantasy version of Earth. Heading the opposition to the invasion are a wise king (Dominic Cooper), a gallant knight (Travis Fimmel) and two practitioners (Ben Foster […]

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“The Conjuring 2” (Warner Bros.)

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star in a scene from the movie "The Conjuring 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Horror franchise follow-up drawing, once again, on the exploits of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) has the couple traveling to London to deal with a crockery-smashing poltergeist (Bob Adrian) who’s bedeviling a woman (Frances O’Connor) and her four children (the most prominent played by Madison Wolfe). […]

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (Paramount)

Megan Fox and Stephen Amel appear with animated characters Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael in the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service With a clear target audience of adolescent boys, Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael take on an evil scientist bent on world domination, and sometimes discuss the importance of teamwork and what it means to be fully human. Director Dave Green and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec remain faithful to the […]

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“Me Before You” (Warner Bros.)

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin star in a scene from the movie "Me Before You." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Though it begins as a charming love story with a strong pro-life message, this grand-scale weepie, set primarily in England, veers off course toward a climactic endorsement of behavior no one committed to scriptural values can accept. A vibrant young woman (Emilia Clarke) becomes caretaker and companion to the wheelchair-bound victim […]

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“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” (Universal)

Andy Samberg stars in a scene from the movie "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS photo/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Andy Samberg headlines a mock documentary about inept rap musician Conner4Real, who starts out as one-third of a hip-hop boy band and after launching a solo career finds he’s not equipped to handle success, or failure, on his own. Dotted with cameos by a host of musicians, this banal spoof is […]

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