“A Ghost Story” (A24)

Rooney Mara stars in a scene from the movie "A Ghost Story." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/A24)

By Catholic News Service Casey Affleck’s recently deceased, silently querulous and shrouded spirit, looking like one of Charlie Brown’s trick-or-treaters with cut-out eyeholes, returns to stare at, though not haunt, his widow (Rooney Mara). Eventually, he needs to fulfill a task in order to set things right with someone or something and thus be released […]

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“The Emoji Movie” (Columbia)

Alex, voiced by Jake T. Austin, appears in the animated movie "The Emoji Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Lighthearted animated comedy set within the smartphone of a high school student (voice of Jake T. Austin). When an icon (voice of T.J. Miller) meant to express only indifference malfunctions by registering a strange mix of emotions, he becomes an outcast condemned to be deleted. So he goes on the run, […]

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“The Tribunal” (Freestyle)

Tom Morton and Ryan Wesley Gilreath star in a scene from the movie "The Tribunal." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/107 Productions)

By Catholic News Service Strong Catholic values are filtered through some faulty filmmaking in this romantic drama from screenwriter Michael C. Mergler and director Marc Leif. A divorced musician (Chris Petty) seeks an annulment so that he can wed his devout girlfriend (Laura Mock). But his case requires the testimony of his estranged former bandmate […]

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“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (STX)

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne star in a scene from the movie "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/TF1 Films)

By Catholic News Service Flashy but lightweight sci-fi adventure, set in the 28th century, in which a duo of intergalactic law enforcement agents (Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne) share romantic tension as well as a series of crime-busting exploits involving the legacy of a destroyed planet and the fate of the titular metropolis, a mega-space […]

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“Atomic Blonde” (Focus)

Charlize Theron stars in a scene from the movie "Atomic Blonde." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Aspiring to be edgy and stylish, this espionage thriller, adapted from the graphic novel series “The Coldest City,” matches sometimes sadistic brawling with exploitative scenes of aberrant sex. The result is not only degraded but tedious as well. In the weeks leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in […]

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‘Totus Tuus’ made for a grace-filled summer for youth at 22 sites in diocese

Totus Tuus participants take part in an exercise of trust led by team member Jacob Martini in this 2017 file photo from St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington.

BLOOMINGTON — During her college career at Bradley University, Caylee Kennedy’s summers have been spent spreading God’s love to youth throughout the diocese as a team member of the youth faith formation program known as Totus Tuus. “The kids and teens I work with inspire me and give me so much hope for our Church,” […]

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Santo Niño devotion draws a crowd, and a visiting bishop from the Philippines

Nympha White of Grand Ridge, president of the Filipino-American Society of Central Illinois, carries a banner heralding Santo Niño of Cebu as his image is carried in procession through St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Even in times touched by relativism, materialism and secularism, devotion to Jesus as the Santo Niño de Cebu demonstrates how much the Filipino people value their Catholic faith and culture, according to Bishop David Antonio of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, Philippines. “Surprisingly, though people are exposed to modernity, devotions such as these still gather […]

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Holy Hours to pray for priests planned at eight parishes in diocese on Aug. 4

Father David Whiteside, spiritual adviser of the Bishop's Commission on Women in the Church and in Society, elevates the Blessed Sacrament during Benediction at a Holy Hour for Priests the commission sponsored last August. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In honor of St. John Vianney, the patron of priests, the Bishop’s Commission on Women in the Church and in Society is sponsoring a Holy Hour for Priests on his feast day, Aug. 4, but there are more options for participation this year. Rather than asking people to come to Peoria, where the service has […]

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Rushville volunteer uses gifts to lead Diocese of Peoria’s women’s commission

Ellen Ehrgott, the new chair of the Bishop's Commission on Women in the Church and in Society, has been involved in just about every aspect of parish life at St. Rose in Rushville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

RUSHVILLE — Ellen Ehrgott’s family calls her “the church lady,” but she says it’s not true. It’s hard not to agree with them. A speech language pathologist working with students at two different schools, she is or has been involved in just about every aspect of parish life at St. Rose. That may slow down […]

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Our diverse diocese

Maronites and Filipinos and Burmese, oh my! Those who think that the Catholics who fill the pews of our churches in central Illinois are only of European descent should consider three news stories in our past two issues. From June 30 to July 4, the Quad Cities Myanmar Catholic Community hosted 1,000 persons, including three […]

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