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“Flatliners” (Columbia)

Diego Luna, Ellen Page and James Norton star in a scene from the movie "Flatliners." 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 Interested in studying the physiology of death and the possibility of an afterlife, a medical student (Ellen Page) persuades a couple of her peers (James Norton and Kiersey Clemons) to stop her heart temporarily, then quickly revive her. When she returns with enhanced skills, others (including Nina Dobrev) decide to give […]

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“A Question of Faith” (Pure Flix)

Richard T. Jones and GregAlan Williams star in a scene from the movie "A Question of Faith." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Pure Flix)

By Catholic News Service Sober religious drama in which a minister (Richard T. Jones) grapples with a tragedy involving his young son (Caleb T. Thomas) that shakes his fundamental beliefs. As he gradually discovers that the mishap has linked his family’s fate with those of several strangers, including a restaurant owner (Jaci Velasquez), her daughter […]

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“American Made” (Universal)

Tom Cruise and and Alejandro Edda star in a scene from the movie "American Made." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Wild fact-based story of a TWA pilot (Tom Cruise) recruited by a CIA operative (Domhnall Gleeson) in the early 1980s to fly guns to the U.S.-backed contra forces fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Diverted from this mission by the chance to smuggle cocaine for the leaders of the nascent Medellin […]

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Joy in Bloomington as Central Catholic is named a National Blue Ribbon School

Central Catholic High School in Bloomington is the fifth school in the Diocese of Peoria to be named a National Blue Ribbon School in the last seven years, and the only Catholic high school in the state to receive the distinction this year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Central Catholic High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement was made on Sept. 28 by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. One of 50 private schools nominated for the distinction by the Council for American Private Education, Central Catholic was the only Catholic […]

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Bishop Jenky leads rosary outside of Peoria’s abortion clinic as ’40 Days’ opens

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, leads about 40 people in praying the rosary outside Peoria's abortion facility on Sept. 27, the start of the 40 Days for Life campaign. In the background is the Women's Care Center, a pro-life outreach located next door to the abortion clinic. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Thanking them for their witness to the Gospel of Life, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, led about 40 persons in praying the rosary outside of Peoria’s abortion facility on Sept. 27, the start of the fall 40 Days for Life campaign. “Thank you so much, not just for being here tonight, but for all you […]

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Nearly 100 anniversary couples renew marriage vows at cathedral Mass

Among the couples from throughout the diocese renewing their marriage vows during the Anniversary Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 24 were (left) Chuck and Mary Ann Voreis of Utica , members of St. Patrick Parish in LaSalle, and Donald and Carmen Hodge of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Peoria Heights. Both couples are observing their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Whether they met in kindergarten, at college, on a blind date, or in some other way, the anniversary couples celebrating milestone years of marriage Sept. 24 at St. Mary’s Cathedral acknowledged they’ve had help along the way. “I think we need to remember there is always three in a marriage: he and I and God,” […]

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“Friend Request” (Entertainment Studios)

Alycia Debnam-Carey and Liesl Ahlers star in a scene from the movie "Friend Request." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Second-rate horror flick in which a popular college student (Alycia Debnam-Carey) briefly befriends an isolated peer (Liesl Ahlers), dumps her when she behaves too strangely, and then is shaken to hear that the young woman has killed herself. But death fails to stop the occult-loving loner: Wreaking revenge from beyond the […]

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“The Lego Ninjago Movie” (Warner Bros.)

Animated characters appear in the movie "The Lego Ninjago Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service A few flashes of wit relieve the noisy tedium of this martial arts-themed animated adventure. With his home town constantly under attack by his villainous father (voice of Justin Theroux), a schoolboy (voice of Dave Franco) leads a double life by battling bad Dad, disguised as a ninja warrior. He does […]

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (Fox)

Channing Tatum and Halle Berry star in a scene from the movie "Kingsman: The Golden Circle." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn goes over the top with cartoonish but gruesome mayhem and a distasteful bedroom sequence in this follow-up to his 2015 feature, “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Now an established agent of the independent espionage service from which the films derive the shared portion of their titles, the […]

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40 Days for Life campaigns to open in Champaign, Ottawa, Peoria, Quad Cities

Dan Brown, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Washington, carries a sign as he prays the rosary with Bishop Jenky and other pro-lifers outside Peoria's abortion facility on Oct. 5, 2016. The bishop will again lead the rosary at the Peoria site at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the first night of the region's fall 40 Days for Life campaign. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Through prayer, fasting, community outreach, and peaceful public vigils at abortion facilities, the public is invited to join 40 Days for Life campaigns that are scheduled from Sept. 27 to Nov. 5 at three locations in the Diocese of Peoria. There is also a limited campaign planned in Bettendorf, Iowa, where the Planned Parenthood clinic […]

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