“Midnight Sun” (Open Road)

Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger star in a scene from the movie "Midnight Sun." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service This remake of the 2006 Japanese film “Song to the Sun” is a sweet, heartfelt movie, directed by Scott Speer, that presents a refreshing view (for Hollywood, that is) of young people who are not behaving badly. A teenager (Bella Thorne) suffers from an incurable disease due to which any exposure […]

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“Pacific Rim Uprising” (Universal)

John Boyega and Scott Eastwood star in a scene from the movie "Pacific Rim Uprising." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Directed and co-written by Steven S. DeKnight, this sequel to 2013’s “Pacific Rim” is a noisy, violent, and utterly ridiculous sci-fi adventure. When a new threat appears from aliens intent on world domination, two hot-shot pilots (John Boyega and Scott Eastwood) must train a group of very green cadets, including a […]

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“Unsane” (Bleecker Street)

Claire Foy and Jay Pharoah star in a scene from the movie "Unsane." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Bleecker Street)

By Catholic News Service Suspense drama that demonstrates why the “trapped in a mental asylum” subgenre has become a rarity. A stalking victim (Claire Foy) left with mental health issues by her experience is involuntarily committed by a predatory facility that leeches payments from its captive patients’ insurance companies. Things take an even darker turn […]

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‘Priests Pedaling for Prayers’ set to ride through diocese again April 16-20

A scene from the first leg of "Priests Pedaling for Prayers" last April shows (from left) Father Michael Pica, Father Tom Otto and Father Adam Cesarek tackling one of the major hills they encountered in central Illinois. They are preparing to ride again April 16-20, this time traveling from Nauvoo to Mendota. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Here they go again. Three young priests of the Diocese of Peoria are preparing to climb on their bicycles and cross central Illinois to raise awareness of and prayers for vocations. This year’s route is expected to cover as many as 275 miles as it takes Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Michael […]

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“7 Days in Entebbe” (Focus)

Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike star in a scene from the movie "7 Days in Entebbe." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service All the tension of a daring military raid has somehow been drained from this historical drama based on the 1976 hostage rescue in Uganda by Israeli commandos. With a better script and bigger budget, director Jose Padhila and screenwriter Gregory Burke could have made an effective thriller. But neither is in […]

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Mass of Christian Burial planned for March 24 for Deacon Vincent Slomian

MENDOTA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church for Deacon Vincent L. Slomian. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery with military rites by Mendota VFW Post 4079. Visitation is planned for Friday, March 23, from 2 to 7 p.m. and […]

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Cambridge church celebrates 50th anniversary with Mass, breakfast

Designed by Father Cyril Schlarman, St. John Vianney Church in Cambridge put a Catholic church in every county seat in the Diocese of Peoria when it was dedicated on March 31, 1968. (Provided photo)

CAMBRIDGE – Members of St. John Vianney Parish were joined by those who helped found the parish for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the church. The 8 a.m. Mass on March 11 was followed by a breakfast hosted by the Altar and Rosary Society in the church hall. While they […]

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After nine-month church renovation, “it’s good to be home” in Wenona

Parishioners returned to the newly remodeled St. Mary Church in Wenona on Feb. 25. The project cost $320,000 and is completely paid for. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

WENONA – “It’s good to be home.” That was a common sentiment expressed by members of St. Mary Parish here upon returning to their beloved church Feb. 25 when it reopened after nine months of renovations. “The first couple of homilies we didn’t have to worry about content,” joked Father Steve McKinley, OFM Conv., former […]

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Research into Lincoln church leads to files of renowned architect, mysteries

Wayne Cox shows an enlarged photo of the interior of Holy Family Church (the former St. Patrick Church) in Lincoln taken shortly after it was built in 1904. Photos and blueprints of the church were among items Cox found in files that the familiy of architect George Stauduhar donated to the archives of the University of Illinois decades ago. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LINCOLN — Wayne Cox is a former corporate executive chef, but what has kept his interest simmering the past few years has been unlocking some mysteries of Holy Family Parish’s 114-year-old church. “God is trying to say something here,” says Cox, recalling a string of what he believes are Holy Spirit-inspired events and discoveries that […]

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“Love, Simon” (Fox)

Jorge Lendeborg, Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp and Katherine Langford star in scene from the movie "Love, Simon." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service Good-hearted but morally misguided romantic comedy in which a closeted gay teen (Nick Robinson) strikes up a pseudonymous email exchange with a fellow student from his high school who is in the same situation, and gradually falls for his unidentified correspondent. When a callous classmate (Logan Miller) discovers his secret, and […]

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