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‘Keeping the faith’ a major step toward success during freshman year at college

Andrew Bilgri, Lisa Hallen and Eric Parks said one of the most important lessons they learned during their freshman year at college was to make their Catholic faith a priority "Being surrounded by people who are faith-oriented changed everything," Parks said. (Provided photos)

Colleges often provide a list of items freshmen will want to bring for their dorm room, but some of the most important things they’ll need to make a success of their first year probably aren’t on that list. Those who “survived” freshman year and thrived advised students to bring a Bible, a rosary and their […]

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“Happy Death Day” (Universal)

Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard star in a scene from the movie "Happy Death Day." 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 A play on 1993’s time-loop fantasy “Groundhog Day,” this slasher movie, directed by Christopher Landon, is an unlikely mix of horror and humor with a message about self-improvement. A college student (Jessica Rothe) awakens on the morning of her birthday in the dorm room of a fellow student (Israel Broussard). At […]

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Hundreds March for Mary in rain at diocese’s culminating Fatima celebration

Those who filled St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria for the March for Mary raise their candles and sing as the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which was carried throughout the church, returns to the sanctuary. Despite the rain that fell on the pilgrims during the march, coordinator Cecilia Soñé said the experience left her in awe. "The miracle of the sun would occur not as the 'sun' but the 'Son' in the holy sacrifice of the Mass." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

If prayers for a sunny day went unanswered last Saturday, they may have been only a few of the petitions that weren’t during the March for Mary through the streets of downtown Peoria. The event was the Diocese of Peoria’s culminating celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearances to three shepherd children […]

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Contraceptive mandate exemptions expanded; St. Michael prayer continues

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington Sept. 26. The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

By Catholic News Service and Catholic Post staff WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance. […]

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“Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)

Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star in a scene from the movie “Blade Runner 2049.” The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Misogyny hangs over this science-fiction epic, a continuation of the story begun with Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, as blithely as the thick yellow fog of the post-apocalyptic Los Angeles it portrays. A police officer (Ryan Gosling) has the job of rounding up stray rebellious replicants while also exploring the meaning of […]

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“My Little Pony: The Movie” (Lionsgate)

Animated characters appear in the movie "My Little Pony: The Movie.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-I, general patronage. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service The popular candy-colored Hasbro toy line gallops on to the big screen in this animated musical, directed by Jayson Thiessen. Twilight Sparkle (voice of Tara Strong) is one of the princesses who rule the mythical land of Equestria, where ponies and unicorns live in harmony. She joins forces with her best […]

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“The Mountain Between Us” (Fox)

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in a scene from the movie "The Mountain Between Us." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service The proverbial call of the wild sounds more like a roar in this trapped-in-the-wilderness survival drama, based on Charles Martin’s 2011 novel and directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Two strangers meet at an Idaho airport, anxious after their respective flights are canceled. A photojournalist (Kate Winslet) persuades a dashing surgeon (Idris Elba) […]

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“‘Til Death Do Us Part” (Novus)

By Catholic News Service A deep dive into the shallow end of the melodrama pool with predictable results. An improbable plot centered on a faked death is carried as a badge of honor. The film’s moral viewpoint may be in the right place, but the plot construction from director-screenwriter Chris Stokes is too ludicrous to […]

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“Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight)

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in a scene from the movie "Battle of the Sexes." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service The early 1970s in all its revanchist sexism, double-knit-fabric garishness and choking cigarette smoke is the setting of the coming-of-age story for women’s tennis, as Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) takes on Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) in the famed 1973 exhibition match in Houston’s Astrodome. This lightly fictionalized version of history […]

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Bishop Jenky seeks prayers for Sheen cause

The New York court has granted Joan Sheen Cunningham the right to remove the remains of her uncle, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (pictured), from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City for transfer to St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.

Next week is “a crucial step” in the beatification cause of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. In a letter to Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria dated Oct. 4, the bishop requested prayers for a favorable court ruling after a hearing in New York on Tuesday that could be […]

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