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Special matchmaker brings newlyweds to Rome for a blessing by Pope Francis

John and Molly Meyer of Peoria, who were married Aug. 6 at St. John's Catholic Chapel in Champaign, received a special blessing for "sposi novelli" or newlyweds from Pope Francis in Rome four days later. (L'Osservatore Romano photo)

St. John Paul II must be smiling. Molly Meyer feels certain the saintly pope played matchmaker for her and her new husband, John, who were married by Father Luke Spannagel at St. John’s Catholic Chapel in Champaign on Aug. 6. He also made it possible for them to start their life together with a “sposi […]

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Galesburg, Champaign, Bloomington are stops Sept. 16-19 on tour of Fatima statue

Patrick Sabat, the principal custodian of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, has been traveling with the statue since 2003.

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, on a two-year “Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary in the Portugal village, will be hosted in Galesburg, Champaign and Bloomington from Sept. 16-19. The statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim on instructions from Sister Lucia, who […]

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“Morgan” (Fox)

Anya Taylor-Joy and Kate Mara star in a scene from the movie "Morgan." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service Unoriginal sci-fi thriller omits even an occasional reflection on what it means to have a human moral sense. Instead, director Luke Scott and screenwriter Seth Owen put Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy), a creature made of synthetic DNA, through the paces of shlock 1980s horror as she wreaks murderous havoc on her creators. […]

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Mercy and 9/11

As our nation pauses Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we call to mind that dark day in our history occurred shortly after Bishop John J. Myers, the seventh Bishop of Peoria and an Earlville native, was named Archbishop of Newark. The New Jersey archdiocese is located just […]

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God’s mercy invites us to look, go deeper, see something larger at stake

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 11 Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32 We cannot observe Sept. 11 without remembering the terrible tragedy of 2001, some 15 years ago. Living through such an experience on so many levels — families who have lost someone in the tragedy, a […]

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“Hell or High Water” (CBS)

Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham star in a scene from the movie "Hell or High Water." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/CBS Films Publicity)

By Catholic News Service Morally intricate tale of two brothers, one (Ben Foster) a cynical ex-con, the other (Chris Pine) a divorced dad with no criminal past, who go on a bank-robbing spree to save their family farm. When a duo of Texas Rangers (Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham) takes up the investigation, the cat-and-mouse […]

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“Don’t Breathe” (Screen Gems)

Dylan Minnette and Stephen Lang star in a scene from the movie "Don't Breathe." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Three petty criminals (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto) get more than they bargained for when they break into the isolated home of a blind, reclusive veteran (Stephen Lang) hoping to steal the large settlement he was awarded after his daughter was killed by a reckless driver. Director and co-writer […]

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“Mechanic: Resurrection” (Summit)

By Catholic News Service Jason Statham returns as the hitman protagonist of this action franchise, the current version of which kicked off with the 2011 remake of a 1972 movie starring Charles Bronson. Though retired since the end of the last installment, the assassin is forced to take up his craft again after a mysterious […]

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“The Light Between Oceans” (Disney)

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star in a scene from the movie "The Light Between Oceans." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service M.L. Stedman’s 2012 novel about love and loss in 1920s Australia is adapted for the big screen by writer-director Derek Cianfrance, who marshals lush cinematography and first-rate acting. A lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his spirited wife (Alicia Vikander) are happily married but unable to start a family, enduring two miscarriages. […]

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Homilist remembers Bishop Spalding for education, religious freedom influences

Canon J. J. Flattery of Danville recalls the life and accomplishments of the Diocese of Peoria's first bishop, John Lancaster Spalding, during his homily at the Founder's Day Mass on Aug. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

One hundred years after his death, Bishop John Lancaster Spalding was again inspiring Catholics gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A re-telling of the life and accomplishments of the Diocese of Peoria’s first bishop provided the bulk of the homily at the Founder’s Day Mass celebrated at the cathedral on Aug. 25, a century […]

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