“Bad Moms” (STX)

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn star in a scene from "Bad Moms." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/STX Productions)

By Catholic News Service A stressed-out suburban mother (Mila Kunis) rebels against her taxing daily routine, demanding that her kids (Emjay Anthony and Oona Laurence) start fending for themselves in minor ways and indulging herself by skipping work, drinking and relaxing. Aided by two other like-minded moms — one a timid housewife (Kristen Bell), the […]

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“Jason Bourne” (Universal)

Matt Damon stars in a scene from the movie "Jason Bourne." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Matt Damon returns in the fifth big-screen outing for the memory-damaged and monosyllabic government agent who first appeared in the novels of Robert Ludlum. Director Robert Greengrass, who co-scripted with Christopher Rouse, bookends the story with extended car and motorcycle chases, with the result that vehicle casualties considerably outnumber the body […]

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With new Spiritual Center, Sophia’s Kitchen feeds hungry bodies, spirits

With her hair tinted pink, the signature color of the Sophia Sunday celebration, Claire Crone stands next to the photo of Sophia Donald, while the girl's parents, Vicky and Barry Donald, stand to the right. Proceeds from the July 17 benefit go to Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

They come to the window of Sophia’s Kitchen for a meal every day, but the couple who attended the Sophia Sunday celebration on July 17 saved all week to buy the pork chop sandwiches, baked beans and chips that were being served. “They said it was their one chance to give back,” according to Claire […]

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“Nerve” (Lionsgate)

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco star in a scene from the movie "Nerve." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service This teen-geared drama starts with an intriguing premise: an online game in which viewers pay to watch players fulfill real-life dares in exchange for significant sums of money. Yet, as a straitlaced New York City high school senior (Emma Roberts) tries to shake her reputation for conformity by participating, directors Henry […]

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1,700 Maronite Rite Catholics visit Peoria for Feast of St. Sharbel celebration

Following Mass on July 17, Chorbishop Faouzi Elia carries the image of St. Sharbel from St. Sharbel Church in Peoria in a procession that led to the statue of the parish's patron saint for prayer and veneration. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Maronite Rite Catholics from around the world recently converged on St. Sharbel Church in Peoria to celebrate the Feast of St. Sharbel with prayer, processions, dancing and plenty of Lebanese delicacies. Chorbishop Faouzi Elia, pastor, said he was expecting as many as 1,700 visitors from Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Holland, Sweden, Germany and the Middle East, […]

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St. Pius X, Rock Island, to model mercy by adopting Congolese refugee family

St. Pius X Church in Rock Island is the site of one of the Diocese of Peoria's offical holy doors for the Year of Mercy. Parishioners have told Barb Roedel that adopting a refugee family is a "wonderful outreach of mercy in the Year of Mercy." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  ROCK ISLAND — Members of St. Pius X Parish are getting involved in the world’s refugee crisis in a deeply personal way as they prepare to welcome a Congolese family to the Quad Cities. It is an answer to prayer, according to Msgr. Mark Merdian, pastor. “With the pope’s emphasis on this for the […]

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What — and who — is our focus?

By Sharon Priester Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 31 Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17; Colossians 3:1-5,9-11; Luke 12:13-21 The readings for this week, the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, begin with a passage from Ecclesiastes: “Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth. Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” The expression, “vanity of vanities” is described in […]

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Facing school closure, St. Edward in Chillicothe seeing a wave of generosity

More than $440,000 has been pledged in just three days in an effort to save St. Edward School in Chillicothe from closing because of costly needed repairs. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

  CHILLICOTHE — A weekend announcement that St. Edward School in Chillicothe is closing because of extensive repair costs resulting from a leaky roof has set off a wave of prayer and charity in hopes of saving the 56-year-old elementary school. “It has been amazing to see our parish and community rally behind our wonderful […]

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“Ice Age: Collision Course” (Fox)

This is a scene from the movie "Ice Age: Collision Course." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/20th Century Fox Film)

By Catholic News Service Weak fifth installment in the animated franchise for children finds the good-hearted but overprotective father (voice of Ray Romano) of a family of wooly mammoths leading his levelheaded wife (voice of Queen Latifah), sunny daughter (voiced by Keke Palmer) and soon-to-be son-in-law (voice of Adam Devine) on an unlikely quest: They’re […]

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“Lights Out” (Warner Bros)

Gabriel Bateman and Teresa Palmer star in a scene from the movie "Lights Out." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service The injection of humor into screenwriter Eric Heisserer’s script enfeebles director David F. Sandberg’s take on the hoary haunted house scenario. The result is pedestrian, predictable, and inspires few chills. A 10-year-old (Gabriel Bateman) has a better reason than most kids his age for not being able to get to sleep. […]

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