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“A United Kingdom” (Fox Searchlight)

Rosamund Pike, Madison Manowe and David Oyelowo star in a scene from the movie "A United Kingdom." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Everyone’s an archetype in this historical drama about an African prince (David Oyelowo) from the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (the future Botswana) who faced down mid-20th-century racial prejudice to marry a white office worker (Rosamund Pike) he met in post-World War II London. Although dealing in generalities can be an efficient […]

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“Kong: Skull Island” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "Kong: Skull Island." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Impressive monster movie, set in 1973, in which an ensemble of scientists and soldiers — the civilians led by a fringe researcher (John Goodman), the troops by a hard-bitten colonel (Samuel L. Jackson) — travel to a previously uncharted island where they encounter an updated version of King Kong. As a […]

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Abortion survivor, author Melissa Ohden to speak March 21 at Eureka College

Melissa Ohden

EUREKA — Eureka College Students for Life is bringing abortion survivor Melissa Ohden to campus on Tuesday, March 21. She will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Terrill Rooms of the Cerf Center, 300 E. College Ave. Ohden survived a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977 at approximately seven months gestation. In 2012 she founded […]

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Catechumen from Lincoln finds answers as he journeys into the Catholic Church

Matt Bidwell of Lincoln (left) and his sponsor, Dan Landess, are pictured with Bishop Jenky after the Rite of Election on March 5. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LINCOLN — Answers. Matt Bidwell looked for them for much of his 29 years. Standing in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, he was certain he’d found what he had been seeking in the Catholic Church. He will be baptized with his son, Roman, […]

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Rite of Election, one of most ‘beautiful’ and ‘happiest’ events, welcomes 437

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, of St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul introduces a candidate to Bishop Jenky during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last spring. This year's ceremonies will take place Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. (The Catholic Post file/Jennifer Willems)

As a Marine traveling the world, Matt Bidwell of Lincoln witnessed many ceremonies, but the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday eclipsed them all. “It was honestly one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever seen. This was so powerful,” said Bidwell, who will be […]

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Central Catholic’s Joey Malinowski honored for embodying ‘Spirit of Sport’

Joey Malinowski, a junior at Central Catholic High School, accepts his nomination as the Illinois High School Association's National Spirit of Sport nominee from Craig Anderson, executive director, during a recognition ceremony at halftime of the Class 2A girls state basketball title game Feb. 25 at Redbird Arena in Normal. The arena crowd included a throng of Central Catholic fans cheering the Saints' girls basketball team -- including Joey's sister Maddie -- in the championship game. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Central Catholic High School’s Joey Malinowski makes a lot of tackles on the football field, but his biggest target knows no season. Joey is doing his part to bring down childhood cancer. For his creativity, drive, and compassion in becoming a leader in the “Kick-It” fundraising campaign for childhood cancer research, the Central […]

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Our pilgrimage of Lent requires moving from the familiar to attain the eternal

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday of Lent/March 12 Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5,18-19,20,22; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9 The unknown is uncomfortable. We can neither anticipate its outcomes nor prepare for its challenges. It remains undefined and foreign. And so we tend to flee from it as far as we can. But seldom do we succeed in […]

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Sr. Dorothea Songeroth, OP, native of Mendota, hailed as ‘superhero’ in book

Sister Dorothea Sondgeroth, OP, (right) is featured in a new book about the life and ministry of the Springfield Dominicans at St. Dominic Health Services in Jackson, Mississippi. With her are Sister Kathleen Anne Tait, OP, and Robert and Melinda McElligott. Robert’s late aunt, Sister Maura McElligott, was one of the founders of St. Dominic’s. (Provided photo)

She may not wear a mask and cape, but Sister Dorothea Sondgeroth, OP, has the ability to lift heavy hearts and spirits, along with prayer. The Mendota native’s life and work are profiled in “A Sister’s Love: The Story of the Dominican Sisters at St. Dominic’s.” Written by journalist and author Joe Maxwell, the book […]

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Fr. Oman held out faithfully to the end

Father Francis Oman, IC

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the homily from the funeral Mass for Father Francis Mary Oman, IC. (See obituary.) The homilist was Father William Miller, pastor of Corpus Christi and St. Patrick parishes in Galesburg and Sacred Heart Parish, Abingdon. “If we hold out to the end we shall also reign with Jesus Christ.” These words […]

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Fr. Francis Oman, IC, dies at 87; funeral offered at Corpus Christi, Galesburg

Father Francis Oman, IC

GALESBURG — A funeral Mass was offered at Corpus Christi Church here on March 6 for Father Francis Mary Oman, IC, who served as pastor of the parish from 1969 to 1981. Father Oman, who was also pastor of Sacred Heart in Abingdon for 19 years and a former provincial superior of the Rosminian Fathers, […]

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