“Shut In” (EuropaCorp)

Naomi Watts and Charlie Heaton star in a scene from the movie "Shut In." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/EuropaCorp)

By Catholic News Service Weak and sometimes confusing psychological thriller that unfortunately blurs the line between mental illness and murderous activity, reviving a stereotype that should have expired decades ago. Naomi Watts plays a widowed psychologist in rural Maine struggling to care for her stepson (Charlie Heaton) after he was paralyzed in the car accident […]

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‘Sainthood Ballot’ educates students on election process, holy men and women

Eighth-grader Andrew Lambe, deputy manager for Dorothy Day's "campaign," casts his vote in the "Sainthood Ballot" at St. Joseph School in Pekin on Election Day. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEKIN — Elections end with winners and losers, unless the contest is held at St. Joseph School. Students here used Election Day to cast votes in a “Sainthood Ballot” where all the candidates are winners ultimately. The ballot included six candidates — two Servants of God, two Venerables and two Blesseds — who are being […]

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Religious, lay leaders react to Donald Trump’s win in presidential election

President-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan in the early morning hours Nov. 9. (CNS/Shawn Thew, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump’s upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Most expressed hope that Trump would pay attention to their agenda, while others were more decidedly downbeat and still others counseled prayer. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president […]

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Screening of “Outcasts” film inspires viewers to serve those in need locally

Brother Elijah, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and Clifford Azize, producer and director, respond to questions after the screening of the new documentary "Outcasts" at St. Jude Parish on Nov. 5. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

  The screening of a new documentary showing the work of a religious community among destitute and homeless people around the world brought repeated appeals for viewers to “hit the streets” in their own communities to find and serve those in need. “You people know Jesus. That’s why you’re here,” said Brother Elijah, a five-year […]

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Native son Bishop Myers guided the Diocese of Peoria into new millennium

Bishop Myers greets the crowd after a liturgy at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria in this Catholic Post file photo.

Archbishop John J. Myers, the seventh bishop of Peoria and the second native son in a row to hold that office, guided the Diocese of Peoria from 1990 until his appointment as Archbishop of Newark in 2001. His 11 years as diocesan bishop saw a surge in priestly vocations, preparations for Jubilee Year 2000, establishment […]

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Archbishop Myers retiring in Newark; Cardinal-designate Tobin to succeed

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, N.J., a native of Earlville who served as bishop of Peoria from 1990 to 2001. (CNS file photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, New Jersey, and named Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis to succeed him. Archbishop Myers, a native of Earlville in LaSalle County who served as bishop of Peoria from 1990 until he was appointed to Newark in 2001, , […]

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“Doctor Strange” (Disney)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a scene from the movie "Doctor Strange." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service What Tilda Swinton can conceive, Benedict Cumberbatch can achieve in this first big-screen adventure for the Marvel Comics superhero who debuted in print back in 1963. When a car accident severely damages his hands, blighting his career, Cumberbatch’s brilliant but egotistical neurosurgeon exhausts conventional treatments before traveling to Nepal where, so […]

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“Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit)

Andrew Garfield stars in a scene from the movie "Hacksaw Ridge." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Cross Creek Pictures)

By Catholic News Service The extraordinary heroism of Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) during the Battle of Okinawa in the closing days of World War II is vividly realized in this fact-based drama, directed by Mel Gibson. A committed Christian and conscientious objector who refused to bear arms, Doss was nonetheless eager to […]

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“Trolls” (Fox)

Animated characters Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick. and Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake, appear in the movie "Trolls." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks)

By Catholic News Service Loopy but charming animated comedy in which two Trolls — one (voice of Anna Kendrick) an irrepressibly sunny optimist, the other (voice of Justin Timberlake) a perpetual worrier — set out to rescue a group of their friends (voiced by, among others, James Corden and Gwen Stefani) who have been kidnapped […]

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‘Vote Pro-Life’ yard signs promoted by volunteers at Holy Cross, Champaign

"Vote Pro-Life" yard signs dot the parish grounds at Holy Cross, Champaign. The signs are a volunteer project of the parish's pro-life committee. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Amid all the name-calling of this year’s election season come yard signs in area neighborhoods that promote voting for a bunch of real babies. “Vote Pro-Life” is the message of the signs, a project of pro-life committee volunteers at Holy Cross Parish in Champaign. The professional signs, produced at a discounted cost by […]

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