Local ‘friends’ organize to offer help and hope to needy in Tanzania

"Rafikii" means "friend" in Swahili, so Rafiki Wa Bukoba means "Friends of Bukoba." Dan and Dr. Jeane Smith of Peoria established the foundation after a trip to Tanzania in 2011.

People who visit the remote villages of Tanzania in East Africa won’t find the World Bank or multinational corporations doing business. What they will see is the church, which has provided a foundation in faith, as well as health care and education for more than 100 years. “Back home, the people are very poor. They […]

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“The Snowman” (Universal)

Michael Fassbender stars in a scene from the movie "The Snowman." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Director Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s best-selling crime novel occasionally dabbles in penny-dreadful sensationalism, then returns to plodding wearily across the frozen landscape of its unconvincing mystery story. Set primarily in Oslo, Norway, the film tracks the efforts of a gifted but alcoholism-plagued police detective (Michael Fassbender) to catch a […]

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“Only the Brave” (Columbia)

Josh Brolin stars in a scene from the movie "Only the Brave." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Columbia)

By Catholic News Service Heartbreaking true story of the “Granite Mountain Hotshots,” the elite Arizona firefighting team which raced into a raging inferno in 2013 to save a neighboring town from destruction. Their leader (Josh Brolin) has honed his 20-member crew into a well-oiled machine with the assistance of his right-hand man (James Badge Dale). During […]

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Moline’s Catholics and Lutherans share hopes, prayer ‘on the way’ to unity

Ava Miller and Janey Locander of Salem Lutheran Church lead hundreds of Moline-area Catholics and Lutherans in a procession from St. Mary Church to First Lutheran Church during an evening of dialogue and prayer on Oct. 15 (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MOLINE — Father Mark DeSutter’s first words after climbing to the top of the raised pulpit of Moline’s First Lutheran Church were “Boy, it’s a long way up here.” The ad-libbed comment by the pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church was casual and drew laughter from the hundreds of Catholics and Lutherans in the assembly […]

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Native of Westville parish had role in amazing astronomical discovery

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Cooke, a native of St. Mary Parish in Westville and a world renowned astronomer who was among the scientists to witness and record the collision of two distant neutron stars observable in August. The discovery was announced Oct. 16 in press conferences around the globe and it has already yielded much […]

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What is the most memorable Christmas gift you have given or received?

What is the most memorable gift you've received or given and why was it so memorable?

Work has started on the annual “Christmas Greetings” edition of The Catholic Post and it wouldn’t be the same without your stories of Christmases past and the family traditions that make the season “the most wonderful time of the year.” This year we have a special request. We’d like to hear about the most memorable […]

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What, or who, dominates our lives?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 22 Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalm 96:1,3,4-5,7-8,9-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21 Jesus navigates treacherous waters during his final days in Jerusalem. The Gospel for the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time recounts the efforts of the Jewish religious authorities to set a trap for Jesus in search of a reason […]

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Christ Child Society one of four ‘families’ for new circle president Kathy Stomberg

Kathy Stomberg, a member of St. Anthony Parish in Bartonville, is the new president of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, which supplies layettes to babies and families in need through 14 area hospitals. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Kathy Stomberg doesn’t sew, but she has managed to stay busy since joining the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois four years ago. She must have done something right — she has been elected to serve as the organization’s president for the next two years. The word “cheerleader” doesn’t appear in the job description, but […]

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“The Foreigner” (STX)

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in a scene from the movie "The Foreigner." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Jackie Chan takes a sharp turn from his typically genial screen personality to become the vengeful father of a London terrorist victim in this efficiently suspenseful adaptation of Stephen Leather’s pulp thriller “The Chinaman.” Director Martin Campbell and screenwriter David Marconi have produced an unembroidered drama about Irish Republican Army violence and […]

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“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” (Annapurna)

Bella Heathcote stars in a scene from the movie "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Annapurna Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Fans of the superheroine Wonder Woman are advised to steer well clear of this sordid story about the comic’s creator, William Moulton Marston (1893-1947). A behavioral psychologist who believed in so-called free love, sadomasochism, and open marriage, Marston (Luke Evans) engages his wife (Rebecca Hall) and a comely student (Bella Heathcote) […]

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